Christmas and New Years’ traditions from Mallorca
Are you planing to visit Mallorca over Christmas and New Year to experience this holiday season in our mediterranean climate, or are you just interested in knowing how we celebrate these festive days on our little and beautiful island?
Then you are at the right place. Today we want to give you a little summary over the most typical Christmas traditions from Mallorca.
Traditionally the Majorcan Christmas season starts with the activation of the decorative lights in Palma de Mallorca (22nd of November). These lights transform not just Palma but the whole island in a Christmas wonderland and are alone worth a trip. After this, Christmas starts to slowly spread over the whole island with its little charming markets and diverse nativity scenes.
Churros con chocolate
One of the best ways to start the countdown until Christmas and fight the cold weather is with “churros con chocolate”. Churros are a typical fried-dough pastry, mostly sprinkled with sugar, which are dipped in hot chocolate. This is a real treat and you will find them on every corner on Mallorca.
Sopa de Navidad
One of the most traditional Christmas foods from Mallorca is the “Sopa de Navidad” – and it should not be missing from your Majorcan Christmas experience.
This soup is made with a classical chicken broth in which later is added pasta filled with minced meat – which is seasoned with parsley and garlic. It is a delicious dinner you will not regret tasting.
Christmas presents are commonly given away on the 06th of January – the Three Kings’ Day. But that doesn’t mean that the other Christmas days are not celebrated. It is customary to meet with family and friends to have big dinners and lunches, in which the before mentioned “Sopa de Navidad” cannot be missed. Seafood and suckling pig are also very traditional dishes for this occasion.
One thing that is essential for most Majorcan families is the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Then, after the mass, the family comes together for hot chocolate and an “ensaimada” or “coca de patata”.
A tradition that is held on Mallorca as well as in the whole Spain is the eating of grapes before the New Year rings in.
It is believed to bring good luck in the new year if you manage to eat 12 grapes in the 12 seconds before midnight. In this scenario the 12 grapes represent the 12 months of the New Year. For this occasion, people gather with their families and friends and you can either watch a special New Years’ TV program which will give you the 12 second countdown to the new year or you can listen to the bells that will sound on every big town square throughout Spain.
This is a great and fun way to start the year that is coming with an extra portion of luck. You should definitely give it a try.
Parade of the 3 Kings
A very special parade to see on Mallorca every Christmas season – especially if you have children – is the parade of the Three Wise Men.
It is held every year on the 05th of January and starts at the harbor of Palma de Mallorca, where the Kings arrive by boat and then begin their tour through the city. The parade in the Majorcan capital is definitely the biggest you will find on the island but most of the little towns have their own Three Wise Men visiting and giving out presents to the little children. It is a truly magical experience.
And don’t forget to get your “Roscón de Reyes” from a bakery nearby – a pastry that is especially made for this day.
The entire team from Son Brull wishes you a happy holiday season and all the best for the new year to come!