However the Diada in Menorca (for which there is no actual English translation) only dates back to 1987. This year marked the 700th anniversary of freedom from Islamic rule and was commemorated by the institutions, Consell Insular and Ayuntamientos throughout the island. One of the acts on 17 January that year was the dedication of the monument at the head of Avenida Fort de … [Read more...]
With local fiestas taking place practically every week across the island, from June to September, here’s a quick and easy reference to what’s going on and what to expect to ensure you enjoy your fiesta experience. We also include a Fiesta Calendar and details about current and forthcoming fiestas to help you plan ahead and don’t miss out on all the fun.
On the evening of 5 January, the Three Kings, Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior, parade through the towns either on floats or horseback and families line the streets to watch the colourful processions. The Kings are loaded with sacks of wrapped sweets which they toss into the cheering crowds for the excited children to catch and collect. In Maó, the Kings arrive by boat and travel … [Read more...]
Here is a guide to the programme of events that take place, including the build-up the week before, for 2013. For more information about the traditions of the Festes de Sant Joan, click here. Saturday 15 June: The Night Vigil of the Lamb The specially selected Menorcan ram from the farm of the Caixer Pagès, which has been prepared and thorougly washed during the seven … [Read more...]
During the island’s summer fiesta season, the Menorcan horse has one of the most important roles. Descendents of Spanish Andalusian and Arabian breeds, this impressive jet-black horse was officially recognised as an indigenous breed in 1989 and is slender yet muscular, with rounded eyes and a lively look. For more information about these beautiful horses, click here. img … [Read more...]
NEW YEAR’S EVE / ‘NOCHE VIEJA’ (Friday 31 December) Whether in a restaurant or at home, Menorcans celebrate the end of the old year by eating 12 grapes, one for each month of the year, as each strike of midnight rings out and the New Year approaches. This is considered to bring good luck, but only if all twelve grapes are eaten in time. Not as easy as it sounds, as many … [Read more...]