A pilgrimage from Plaza de Cort in Palma to the Monasteri de la Real is at the heart of this traditional celebration which takes place on the 19th of August each year. This festival was first recorded in 1232 at the making it one of the oldest festivals in Mallorca.
Pilgrims arrive at the Monasteri de la Real in typical Mallorcan cars and donkey-pulled carts at around 6.00 pm before the residents of Palma join them at 8.00 pm for a solemn mass. After the mass a “blessing of the basil” is performed and the pilgrims come to pick up their branch of ‘alfabeguera’.
The evening continues with live music and traditional dance acts from around the island.