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Sant Antoni and Sant SebastiÓ in Pollenša

Sant Antoni and Sant SebastiÓ in Pollenša
The programme for the fiestas of "Sant Antoni and Sant SebastiÓ 2003" in Pollenša will start on Sunday 12, at 7 p.m., with an exhibition of "Ball de PagŔs" at the Club Pollenša, by the Escola de Ball of Pollenša.

But The most popular events will be held next week: Thursday 16 the popular dance known as "la Revetla"; Friday 17, Sant Antoni; and on Monday 20, Sant SebastiÓ.

The events programmed for Thursday 16 start at 6 p.m. with the "Bonfire Contest" and the performance by the "Xeremiers" (bagpipes, drum and pipe), followed by the celebration of the street parade with the "Pollenša Cornet and Drum Band". At 8 p.m. the bonfires will be lit and the prizes will be given.

On Friday 17, at 10 a.m. there will be the "Traditional Float Parade" and "Bene´des - Animal blessing", with a present for all the participants. At 11.30 a.m., from Almoina, the traditional climb to fetch the "Pi" (pine tree) de Ternelles, accompanied by the Xeremiers. In the Ternelles property there will be a traditional lunch of "pa amb oli, arrengades i vi" (bread, oil, herrings and wine) and at 2 p.m. after the meal the neighbours will carry the popular "pi" to the square Plaša Vella. There it will be stood up and all the young men of the town will try to climb the 20 metres of the usual height of the pole. On the same Friday at 8 p.m. there will be holy mass and offering to Sant Antoni

On Saint Sebastian's day, Monday 20, there will be more festivities. At 2 p.m. the bells will ring and at 7.30 p.m. there will be a procession with the statue of Saint Sebastian and the traditional "Cavellets" and the "Standard", followed by the mass with the Ball de l'Oferta". Finally the bonfires will be lit in the Plaša Major and there will be the "Ball de les Taules" by the "Cavallets".

Photo ę Toni Salas
Date of publication: 09/01/2003

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