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Procession for Corpus Christi in Pollenša: "Les └guiles" and "Sant Joan Pelˇs"

Procession for Corpus Christi in Pollenša: "Les └guiles" and "Sant Joan Pelˇs"
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 p.m. mass

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.
 
Date of publication: 13/06/2001

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