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Spanish "Fiestas"

The Spanish people are rich with cultural heritage, pride, passion and respect. Wherever you go in Spain you will discover the warm, friendly attitude of the locals and their desire to celebrate life to the full.

It's no wonder the word for party and the word for national holiday mean the same thing in the Spanish language, "Fiesta". Throughout the entire year there are numerous small town festivals and many national holidays to look forward to and we here at Sapphire Properties enjoy reporting on every single one of them.

Below you can read about all the fun our team have had covering these local and national "fiestas". We've highlighted the major national and a few of the various local "fiestas" but make sure to follow us on our Social Media pages for any others we just happen to discover.

When's The Next Fiesta In Spain?

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Day of the Mare de Déu de Loreto
8th of September

March

Balearic Islands Day
(Balearic local fiesta)
Las Fallas
(Valencia local fiesta)

May

Es Firo
(Sóller local fiesta)


Happy New Year

From everyone here at Sapphire Properties we hope you had a prosperous and successful year past and we wish you all the love, happiness and fortune for the follow year to come.

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To everyone, we wish you an amazing 2018 to come and that all your dreams come true!

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 Wishing you all a great slide into 2017!


Los Tres Reyes

Spain celebrates the biblical adoration of baby Jesus by the three Kings, also known as the three Wise Men. In some houses children leave their shoes outside the door so that the Three Kings will fill them with gifts. On this day, there’s a special parade for both children and adults to enjoy and although most will have already received their presents, it never reduces the queue of children waiting to sit on the lap of the kings to receive sweets and candies. The nations festivities continue late into the night with special street parties and events.

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You can feel the festive spirit in every corner of Spain this time of year.

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Feliz Reyes - Happy Three Kings from all of us at Sapphire Properties


Saint Anthony’s Name Day

Celebrated on the closest Saturday to the 17th of January is the party of Sant Antoni Abat the patron saint of animals. The event begins with the lighting of small bonfires, which the local residents sit around and sing traditional songs and roast "Botifarrons", which are locally made blood sausages. The following day there is a colourful parade, culminating in the blessing of the animals at the local main Plaza.

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What a parade! The Spanish people really put on a great show, with their papier-mâché costumes portraying the local farmers coming for the blessings. 

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Saint Anthony is present in all our lives but especially in January when everyone comes to pay homage.


Carnival

 Traditionally celebrated on the Thursday before Lent with many parades on the weekend just following. The main reason the Spanish people have to celebrate this festival dates back to the Franco regime, where masks to conceal your face at gatherings were seen as plots against the state. For this reason, Carnival was banned. Now people celebrate their freedom to express themselves without fear or punishment and dress up in some of the most colourful and exaggerated outfits they can find. So don’t hold back if you’re joining in!

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Can you walk on stilts? its a real art form and surely this guy must win the first prize, no?

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You see all kinds of costumes at Carnaval but we especially loved these guys this year.


Saint Valentine's Day

Some say Valentines day is just for romantic couples, to them we say love comes in many different forms. Whatever your status and situation, we love you and hope you enjoy everything we do here at Sapphire Properties. "Everything made with LOVE is beautiful"

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With all the love there is to give, we all want to cherish the little ones in our lives.

sapphire properties Valentines 2017 love heart cholocate

if you're single or in a relationship chocolate is always an important part of Valentine's Day.


Balearic Islands Day

The Day of the Balearic Islands commemorates the signing of the Statute of Autonomy on 1st March 1983. This day is celebrated across the entire Balearics and although each island and municipality celebrate in their own way, the common theme is medieval with traditional meat roasts, fortune tellers and many stalls full of produce and hand crafted artisan souvenirs. You may even see traditional knights in full attire preparing for battle.

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This year there were so many stalls and products to see and taste. Artesian produce from all other the balearics were on offer including al kinds of leather. 

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Unity is the principal theme during this "fiesta". We took a stroll along the promenade away from the Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca this year and were lucky enough to be there at the perfect time to join this parade.


Las Fallas

"Las Fallas" is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. The term "Fallas" refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired by the original Fallas de València celebration. Each neighbourhood of the city has an organised group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the noted dish, paella, a specialty of the region. Each casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt.

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This year we explored the port town of Denia and their enthusiastic demonstrations, firework displays and elaborate "Falleros". Filled with colour and significance, our favourite this year demonstrated chivalry, love and heritage.  

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Kept to true cartoon glamour, this year's theme was duality, animal protectionism and as always it had the ever present comical flare.


Easter Holidays

Spring is here! and we hope the is sun shining and you are enjoying your days off work. Are you holidaying in Spain this year? or just enjoying the amazing holidays in your home? whatever you are doing everyone here at Sapphire Properties wish you a very happy Easter holidays.

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Javea, nestled on the coast of the Costa Blanca is a haven for children and adults. This Easter we witnessed the silent procession followed by a children's choir.

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What may look like the Ku Klux Klan is actually a very religious act otherwise known as the procession of Blood and throughout this procession the town is still and quiet. The marchers are silent and all the crowds who come to take part stand respectfully silent as the parade continues by. The only sound is that of the solemn drums of the town band as they follow from behind.


Es Firo

“Es Fira i Firo” or Es Firo as it has become shortened to, is Sóller’s largest festival day in the entire year. Traditionally celebrated on the second Monday of May, sometimes the local town hall alter this date to be the Monday following the second weekend in May, depending on which day the National Labour Day holiday falls.

Many coastal villages along the Balearics and the Mainland have been victims to the Moors and Christians battle but Sóller celebrates the particularly brutal invasion in 1561 AD.

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We jumped right into the heart of the action this year at Es Firo in Port de Sóller, Mallorca. The energy and atmosphere is incredible but be careful of all the fireworks that imitate gunfire. We had to jump out of the way quickly a few times.

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Each year the Solleric's come out in full attire o reenact this grand battle. It starts in the port and moved up to Soller ton centre.


Saint John's Name Day & Nit de Foc

The Nit de Foc is a one of the biggest parties in Palma. Celebrated on the eve of Saint John's day, there are street parties, bonfires, fireworks, live music bands, devils & demons and the traditional 'correfoc' - the fire run, where the locals run through the streets dressed in devil costumes with fireworks.

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sapphire properties Sant joan nit de foc shower fire

When the fireworks and fire crackers start, you are warned to wear hats, cover your face and even wet your clothes to protect from the sparks. This fiesta ignites the senses... literally!


Saint Peter's Day

This Saint's festivity in Andratx begins with San Pedro, the Saint of Andratx, with High Mass in the church of Andratx's Santa Maria. The locals in Andratx take great pride in this festival and will start the celebrations days before the patron’s name day, and they will continue until the 2nd of July. There will be many street parties, concerts and activities for all ages.

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This year we explored the market and live music organised for the San Pedro Fiesta in Andratx

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Andratx really is proud of their Saint Peter's day festivities. Without their efforts the fishing may never be the same again.


The Virgin Carmen

Along with the usual selection of parades and musical events, this festival also includes a maritime procession in honour of the Patron Saint of seafarers and fishermen. On the day there is Mass and following this a procession of boats in the evening. Set at night so they can dim the entire port and the only light comes from candles.

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You learn to appreciate and respect the sea when you live on an island. The Virgen Carmen fiesta is exactly that, respect for fishermen all over.

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Coastal villages all along Spain really take this fiesta serious. Would you risk superstition if you were up at 3am every morning catching the local fish?


The Assumption of Mary

The Feast of the Dormition, which means “the falling asleep.” For this reason, if you enter Churches throughout Mallorca at this time, you will find statues of the Virgin Mary, lying as if she were perhaps only asleep. Rather, she lies on her deathbed, awaiting her transportation to Eternal Life.

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Photo by Grant Whitty

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The feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. It is celebrated on or around the 15 of August in many countries


La Tomatina de Buñol

La Tomatina is one of many Spanish festivals that is internationally known for its uniqueness, spontaneity, and absurdity. Also known as the Tomato Festival, thousands of people gather once a year to participate in a citywide tomato fight. The Tomatina Festival in Buñol, Spain, just 40 km/ 25 miles westward of Valencia, is celebrated every year on the last Wednesday of August.

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It just keeps getting messier and messier, year after year. To be sure the fun never disappoints at this fiesta.

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This year we got extra messy along with millions of locals and international tourists that came to celebrate this extra strange fiesta.


Day of the Mare de Déu de Loreto

The festival of Mare de Déu de Loreto marks the end of summer. From the end of August until September 8, Donas de la Mar dress in their best clothes to celebrate the centenary celebrations of these patrons, the Virgin of Loreto and the Cristo del Mar.

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Amazing fireworks finish the night of the Mare de Déu de Loreto. In javea you can sit on the coast or even from your own balcony and see the largest firework display they offered this year.


Nit de l'Art

Palma holds the Nit de l'Art fiesta every year in the middle of September. Palma attracts many artists and photographers who work on spectacular pieces through-out the entire year. On this night the museums and galleries of Palma open their doors to visitors for free.

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Palma de Mallorca was a bustling hub for art enthusiasts last night. We walked the entire Nit de l'Art route and saw some amazing pieces of art but nothing was more impressive than the studio on Carrer de Can Cavelleria light entirely in red.


Spanish National Day

This national public holiday commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first arrival in the Americas

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Today is a great day to rest, relax and enjoy the nationwide day off from work.


Halloween

Happy Halloween from everyone at Sapphire Properties. We particularly like this holiday as it gives everyone a chance to try on a new costume a new style and allow your personality to shine through.

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let your inner ghoul out tonight! Happy All Hallows Eve everybody.


All Saint's Day

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in the afterlife and those still living. On this special day the bond is supposedly weakest and we can thank those who came before us.

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We take this special day to think about all our loved ones who are no longer with us.


Constitution Day

This day is marked by the anniversary of a referendum held in Spain on December 6, 1978. In this referendum, a new constitution was approved. This was an important step in Spain's transition to becoming a constitutional monarchy and democracy.

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The Francisco Franco was head of state in Spain from April 1, 1939, until November 20, 1975. Spain needed a new constitution and political system after his death so general elections were held on June 15, 1977. The newly formed parliament drew up a new constitution and was approved by 88 percent of the people of Spain in a referendum on December 6, 1978.


The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, is the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus Christ.

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The Immaculate Conception is commonly confused with the Virgin Birth of Jesus. Jesus' birth is covered by the Doctrine of Incarnation, while the Immaculate Conception deals with the conception of Mary, not that of her son.


Christmas Holidays

From everyone here at Sapphire Properties we hope you have a happy Christmas and we wish you all the love, happiness and fortune for the follow year to come.

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A very Merry Christmas from everybody at Sapphire Properties this year.