The Festa de l’Estandard commemorates King Jaume I’s troops’ arrival in Palma – and the end of Moorish rule. It begins with the ceremonial placing of the Royal Standard in Plaza Cort at 10.15 h followed by a Mass at 10.30h in the Cathedral. At noon the poem ‘La Colcada’ is read in Plaza Cort.
It is considered one of the oldest civil celebrations in Europe, as it dates back to the 13th century although it has undergone several changes over the years. The day before, a floral offering is made to the statue of King Jaume I in Plaza de España in Palma as well as a procession to the Cathedral with traditional costumes, music and dancing.