Spending Christmas in Majorca has its own charm, you can see an unique symphony of Spanish traditions and Mallorcan customs. Instead of winter temperatures, often there is spring-like weather. The island is blooming after the dry summer months. The orange trees are full of ripe fruit. The cities are illuminated by the numerous Christmas lights. The Christmas markets offer handmade art, mulled wine and hot chestnuts - a feeling of contemplation and calm.
Christmas on Majorca - Feliz navidad!
The Christmas time begin with the start of the traditional Christmas lottery. The biggest lottery in the world called "Sorteo extraordinario de Navidad" has always been held in the same way since 1918 and is very popular among residents.
Christmas lasts until January, because on the 5th of January, the three holy kings bring finally the gifts to the children. However, this tradition has changed strongly, so that today in many families, the gifts will be handed over already on 25.12. in the morning or twice. The days from Christmas to the 6th of January are characterized by typical Spanish customs. The crib is one of the most important Spanish symbols of the Christmas and is traditionally placed in every household.
Gingerbread and spiced biscuits you will not find in Spain. What is the Christmas cookie for us, is Turrón for Spaniards. Almonds, sugar, honey and egg merge here to a delicacy, which is similar to a chocolate sold block by block and enchanted in numerous variations the palate.
On the 24th of December, local people gather for "Noche Buena" to go to midnight mass after dinner. The first Christmas holiday is traditionally celebrated with a family lunch. New Year's Eve "La noche vieja" starts together with the family. The spanish people go to restaurants and celebrate extensively with plenty of food and drink. When the clock strikes twelve at midnight, they eat one grape every stroke, because that is supposed to bring good luck for the new year.
The arrival of the kings begins very spectacular in the evening of 5th January. At the ports of the island, the Kings dock with their ships or arrive by horse in the villages. The kings roam the streets and are celebrated with great rejoicing. Sweets and confection fly through the air and there is an exuberant mood. The destination of the procession is the local church, where each child receives its gift. It is worthwhile to spend this beautiful evening in Majorca. The 6th of January is also a national holiday, a day celebrated with the family and where the children enjoy of their presents.
Christmas on Majorca are a special experience for all who are looking for a bit of variety and traditional religious holidays.