The Feast of the Assumption is both a religious holiday and a national holiday in Spain. Churches hold special masses and towns extend the celebration in the streets with diverse social activities.
What to expect
The 15th August marks the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Within the Catholic church this refers to the rising to heaven of Mary’s body and soul. In La Seu Cathedral and many churches around Mallorca they display the figure of Mary depicted in a sleep-like pose. These figures are known as ‘Els Llits de la Mare de Déu’, meaning ‘The Beds of the Mother of God’, and symbolise the end of her earthly life.
In Valldemossa there is procession called ‘Ses Processó de les Crestes’, which sees the figure of Mary carried through town before entering the church. In Montuiri you can expect to see the Dance of the Cossiers before the sleeping Virgin. If you miss them, then you’ll have a further chance to see the cossiers dance in Alaró on the 16th August for Saint Roch.
During this holiday you can also expect artisan fairs, drummers, kids’ activities, traditional dancing and live music in many towns including Biniaraix, Caimari, Cala d’Or (Santanyí), Campos, Can Picafort (Santa Margalida), Colònia de Sant Pere (Artà), Sa Coma (Andratx), Esporles, s’Illot (Sant Llorenç des Cardàssar), Port de Valldemossa (Valldemossa), Sencelles, Sineu, and Son Serra de Marina (Santa Margalida).
For more information, check the individual municipality’s website a couple of weeks ahead of the event.