The celebration of San Juan in Ciutadella is a traditional festival that has been held without interruption throughout the centuries.

 

Almost for sure, its origin is religious; but, as the years have passed, added various acts that have made that the party has a unique and particular character.

 

Those who take direct part are dressed in traditional, typical of the party dress.

 

Most prominent characters are those who form the Board of tellers. They are the representatives of the old Ciutadella society: nobility (Knight lord), clergy (Knight priest), artisans (married and unmarried workers knights) and farmers (farmers Knight).

 

As did the ancient works, they are appointed to this position during a biennium.

 

The Festival begins the day des "be" (Lamb) 19 June 9:00 h in the morning, with the first touch of flute opposite the Palace of the "Caixer Senyor" (representative of the nobility). From where comes the procession that will travel Ciutadella, with the "Homo des Be", a man who represents to San Juan Bautista, dressed in skins of lamb, crosses painted on the feet and arms, which takes a live lamb back. This same day, late in the afternoon there is a war of hazelnuts.

 

On June 23 it is the eve of San Juan, when the big party, at 14:00 hours at the Palace of the "Caixer Senyor", where the "Flabioler" asks for permission to begin the withdrawal of Knights. Currently the horses already in the street, and begin the so-called "caragols". Horses are turning to different places of the old town of Ciutadella, to the rhythm of the ruckus among a crowd of people and bustle. The more courageous approach horses to touch the chest, when they stand on hind legs, displaying the esplendura of the horse and the domain of the 'caixer'. In the evening, there is another war of hazelnuts in the Contramurada, while in the Hermitage of Sant Joan de Missa is officiating a mass, many people run through the stretch from Ciutadella to the Church who to horses and horsemen who will attend to the

 

June 24, Sant Joan day, the party starts at 8 in the morning with the withdrawal of Knights, giving way to the first "caragols". In the morning, proceed to practices in the port of Ciutadella, practices consist of some medieval games called 'Sensortilla', a ring metal suspended on a rope fastened by two studs, 'Caixers', they must demonstrate their expertise, stringing together the ring with an old-style metal spear, the caixers who get thread will receive ring it as a prize a silver spoon and a green rod.At 7 in the afternoon approximately is cellebra in Borne the Act of 'cunvidada', the caixer' Lord' (noble gentleman), invites all the people of Ciutadella to celebrate games des Pla, at the end of the Act, band horses and flocks of command eager to witness and celebrate these acts, including the above but this time not to test if not in competition mode After the Caragol of Santa Clara and the final touch of flute in the Palace of the "Caixer Senyor".

 

End festivities the day 25, 'Sant Joanet', with berbena throughout the afternoon of the same day and Fireworks at 11 in the evening.

 

 Festivities

Sant Joan