New Year Traditions in Majorca

Here at Son Julia Country House & Spa we would like to welcome in the New Year with you but we remain closed until March 2019 in order to return with some exciting improvements and updates. However this does not mean that the New Year should not be celebrated in true style and what better way than by experiencing the Spanish tradition of the Three Kings Day. Winter in Majorca is one of the best places to enjoy an out of season holiday and here at our 5-star boutique hotel in Llucmajor you have unbeatable accommodation for your 2019 holidays and if you book now you can also benefit from an early booking discount of 15%. So whatever the time of year, come and join in with the celebrations in Majorca.

The people from the Balearic Islands retain and value their cultural traditions and more people prefer the Three Kings Day with its elaborate parades than Christmas Day with Father Christmas, as the important day for giving out presents. The three kings parade takes place on Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas, just when you thought that the joy of the Christmas season was coming to an end. At 6 o’clock on 5th January, excited crowds of children and adults wait near Palma Cathedral for the arrival by boat, at the old port of La Lonja, of the three Kings dressed in glitzy robes and ready to begin their 3 kilometre journey through the streets of Palma.


If you are lucky enough to be in Majorca on 12th night you’ll catch the exuberant mood of crowds as you see the procession of the Kings upon their thrones, huge model camels, over a dozen floats, horses, carnival circus performers, dancers, musicians, drummers and singers. The dark evening will be brightened by the lights, bright colours, glittering gold and silver robes and the glowing faces of the excited children as they wait to see how many sweets (gluten free of course) they can collect. Careful toothcare is vital that evening, since one of the highlights of the Three Kings Day Parade is the 5000 kilos of sweets distributed to the waiting crowds as a reminder that the three kings brought presents to the baby Jesus. After a few hours the Kings officially greet the people from the balcony of Casal Solleric, giving out more sweets to the crowds applause and screams of delight.

Palma takes these celebrations seriously, the council contributing thousands of euros to ensure a successful parade to delight both visitors and locals.

The other reason for excitement and anticipation at this special time of celebrations in Majorca is that it is the traditional time to receive presents. Families choose either the evening of the 5th or the 6th for the little ones to leave out their shoes and awake to find gifts beside them.

During your winter holiday in Majorca, the Palma Three Kings Day festival is a ‘must see’ but if you are not in Palma, equally joyous celebrations take place in every town and village on the island and the atmosphere will be very relaxed since 6th January is a public holiday.

If you can’t make it for 12th night for your Holiday in Majorca why not think of a late winter holiday and see us in the Son Julia Country House and Spa our Boutique Hotel in Llucmajor and enjoy the latest luxury improvements in our 5 star hotel.

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