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Experience Carnival in Mallorca, Spain
For many people all around the world, February means Carnival: that boisterous, colorful, free-spirited celebration preceding the comparative austerity of Lent. Mallorca has its own version, of course—a mighty fun one, with festivities spread across the island.
The Mallorcan Carnival
Carnival in Mallorca also goes by the label Els Darrers Dies, or “The Last Days.” This is a reference not to some apocalyptic doom and gloom but rather to the final stretch of meat-eating before Lent imposes its temporary dietary restrictions on those Christian practitioners who observe it. One rather delightful Mallorcan tradition in line with this attitude is the “sardine burial,” in which mourners act out a funeral procession of sorts for a sardine effigy.
You might consider making the trip to Mallorca’s largest city, Palma, for its appropriately large-scale Carnival party. On Sunday, February 10th, the city will as usual hold two Carnival parades: a children’s version, Sa Rueta, and an adult’s version, Sa Rua. Sa Rueta takes place from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM; Sa Rua kicks off at 5 PM and rolls into the evening.
You’ll see some amazing costumes and floats during these exuberant processions—and you’re certainly welcome to get into the spirit of things with your own party outfit!
The Sa Rua and Sa Rueta parades in Palma proceed down La Rambla, c. de la Riera, c. de la Unió, pl. del Rei Joan Carles I, and v. de Jaume III.
Mallorca pulls out all the stops for Carnival—though the same could be said for many of the other island-wide festivals that go down throughout the year. As one of the most eclectic times of the year for the island, Els Darres Dies’s parades, parties, and constant celebrations are truly an unforgettable experience.