For centuries, Mallorcans have traditionally lit bonfires across the island and burned effigies of the Devil, who had tempted the Egyptian monk in the desert by dressing as a woman. In towns and villages all over Mallorca, locals gather to cook food on barbecues or ‘torrades’, as the bonfires burn.
What to expect
In the weeks running up to the festival, barbecue pits and grills appear in streets of the villages and towns across the island which are put in place so that locals can sit around the fire pits and cook their own food. The experience is one that is certainly one worth wrapping up for as it is a great opportunity to meet new people and mix with your neighbors and share food.
After the barbecues, there are street parties that go on late into the night with music and dancing. The biggest celebrations are in Sa Pobla, Pollensa, Manacor, Alcúdia, Artà, Andratx, Algaida, and Muro.