• Moors and Christians Battle in Pollença

    Batalla de Moros y Cristianos de Pollença

    To the north of the island of Mallorca, we’ll find the town of Pollença, which every August offers one of the most significant festivities in the Balearic Islands: Moors and Christians Battle.

    The festivity takes place during the celebrations in honor of the patron saint of the town, la Mare de Deu dels Angels; to Pollença come people from everywhere to see how sixteenth-century Christians face the attack of the dreaded Saracens of the time.

    It is definitely one of the most summer popular traditional shows of Majorcan land and has its origin in the assault of 1550 that the villa suffered when the Dragut Ottoman corsairs tried to seize as much as possible in such a strategic island of the Mediterranean.

    The residents, led by Joan Mas, leader of the pollensinos, faced the onslaught of Dragut pirates.

    Year after year, Moors and Christians Battle is recreated till the moment when Joan Mas gets hold of the Ottoman flag, defeating the Moorish pirates. That’s when the inhabitants of Pollença follow their leader to the church of the patron and sing a Te Deum. After that come the festivals and fireworks.

    During the days when Pollença is mired in its festivities, succeed all kinds of cultural and recreational events: sports, music, theater, parades…

    For those visiting Mallorca during the early August, you should attend this Pollensina event. It’s worth watching all the neighbors getting out of their homes in pajamas or nightgown with their fictitious swords, as if they had been caught in the middle of the night. On the other side, the Berbers, dressed in their fashion and ready to engage in the dispute.

    Creative Commons or Public Domain Image: Flickr/Frank Jakobi 

    Mar Santiago
    Mar Santiago
    She is a journalist and traveler, specialized in other cultures and countries in conflict. Mar has worked for major media networks as RNE, Diario16 Malaga and EFE.

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