On Sunday, June 17, in nearly every town and village of Mallorca, the
Corpus Christi procession will be held. This celebration is particularly
colourful in Pollenša, with the dances of "Les └guiles" and
"Sant Joan Pelˇs". The procession will start after after the 6.30
The dance of "Les └guiles", starring two young people dressed
in white and with many gold jewels from head to foot, supplied by the families
from the town for this occasion, represents a very old tradition that is
only kept in Pollenša. It is believed to originate in the great
eagle that on the day of Corpus Christi of 1614 flew over the sky of Palma.
"Les └guiles", that this year will be Maria Agustina Alemany Rotger
and Maria RamÝrez Rotger, perform a very simple symmetric dance.
After the procession they do "les taules", going from house to house, where
they find the tables set with sweetmeats and other gifts.
"Sant Joan Pelˇs", represented this year by Toni Bordoy Orejuela,
also represents a ritual dance of ancient origin. The Archduke Ludwig Salvatore
mentions it in his work "Die Balearen". In Pollenša he comes out
on the day of Corpus Christi dressed in silk with a lamb in his arms, together
with "Les └guiles" and the procession. In Felanitx, another municipality
where this dance is preserved, he comes out on Saint John's day, this year
on Sunday, June 24, after the 10.30 a.m. mass.