Sunday 16 June 2013: Diumenge des Be (Sunday of the Lamb)
09.00 hrs: The Caixer Senyor (Senior Rider and President), presents the flag of Sant Joan to the Caixer Fadri, whose responsibility it is to carry the flag throughout the fiesta. The first notes of the fabiol (flute) and drumbeats sound out from the fabioler (flute player), and the group sets out to invite the authorities officially to the festivities.
Accompanying them barefooted is the Homo des Be, a young man dressed in sheepskins with red crosses on his forehead, hands and feet and carrying a year-old ram on his shoulder which represents the living symbol of Saint John the Baptist. The lamb is adorned with colored ribbons and rosettes and a crown between its horns. Following protocol, the committee of Caixers and Homo des Be visit the home of each distinguished person, make courtesy calls and partake of refreshments, starting at the Mayor’s house. Around midday, there is a performance of the traditional operetta, Foc i Fum.
20.00 hrs: Battle of the Hazlenuts in Avenida Constitució accompanied by fiesta music from the municipal band.
Sunday 23 June 2013: Dissabte de Sant Joan (The Eve or Sabbath of Saint John)
14.00 hrs: The ‘fabioler’ (flute player) arrives at the house of the ‘Caixer Senyor’ (Senior Rider or Nobelman) riding on a donkey to ask formal permission to summon the ‘Committee’ and form the long parade of horsemen. The ‘caixers’ (riders) are gathered together according to the traditional order and the fiesta flag is collected and handed over. Thecavalcade then makes it way to the Plaça des Born for the Caragol des Born. The riders parade around the main square three times to the traditional ‘Jaleo’ music, rearing their horses and raising their hats.
18.00 hrs: The Caixer Senyor enters the square at a gallop, after which the cavalcade departs for the celebratory Vespers Service.
21.00 hrs: The riders return to Ciutadella at sunset and each is presented with a ‘canya verde’, (green cane), as a permit to re-enter the town. They are met at Sa Contramurada where another hazelnut battle takes place, while the municipal band plays traditional fiesta music.
23.00 hrs: The cavalcade passes by the Cathedral to Plaça Nova for the Corregudes de sa Plaça, followed by the Caragol de Santa Clara.
24.00 hrs: The riders then parade through the central streets of the town and the day endswith a traditional ‘beguda’ (supper) for all the caixers at the Caixer Senyor’s home while the municipal band entertains below. The fiesta flag is returned and cavalcade departs for the night, escorting the Caixer Capellà home.
Monday 24 June 2013: Dia de Sant Joan (Day of Saint John)
08.00 hrs: The fabioler again asks permission to summon the cavalcade.
09.30 hrs: The riders parade through the central streets of the town.
10.00 hrs: The riders make their way to Es Pls de Sant Joan on the port for the heats of the ‘Jocs des Pla’, mediaeval style equestrian tournaments which take place later in the afternoon.
11.00 hrs: The cavalcade returns to the Plaça des Born for the Corregudes de sa Plaça and the traditional green canes are handed to the riders who then continue onto Santa Clara for the Caragol.
13.30 hrs: The riders make their way on foot for Mass taken by the Caixer Capellà at the church of Sant Francesc. Afterwards, they have a traditional lunch (beguda) hosted by the priest before escorting the Caixer Senyor home.
16.00 hrs approx: The fabioler asks permission to permission to reform the cavalcade and then goes to collect the fiesta flag.
17.00 hrs approx: The horsemen congregate in the Plaça des Born. The Caixer Senyorformally invites the Mayor and town councillors to preside over the Medieval Games in Es Pla. The band strikes up the music of the Jaleo and the group proceeds to Es Pla amidst the crowds.
18.00 hrs approx: On route, the cavalcade makes it way to Santa Clara for another Caragol and the Caixa Senyor visits the Abbess at the Convent, before arriving at Es Pla de Sant Joan for the finals of the mediaeval games. The tournament games include the ‘s’ensortilla’, the ‘carotes’ and finally the ‘córrer abraçats’. The horseman are presented with a triumphal cane for each successfully completed trial, to which a silver spoon is tied.
22.15 hrs: The cavalcade returns to the town along the harbour and makes its way to the Plaça de la Catedral for the Correguas and then to Santa Clara for another Caragol.
24.00 hrs: The riders make their way on foot to the ‘Caixer Senyor’s house for the final ‘beguda’ after which Caixer Capellà is escorted home. Everyone falls silent as the final notes of the flute sound out and the fiesta formalities draw to a close. The crowds continue to party all night.
Tuesday 25June 2013
19.30 hrs: Animated children’s show at the Plaça Almirall Farragut.
22.00 hrs: Musical performance, Sant Joanet, at the Plaça Almirall Farragut.
23.00 hrs approx: The grand finale is a spectacular firework display over land and sea, viewed from the Paseo Maritimo.
24.00 hrs: The music and dancing continue in the early hours.