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Francisco Benitez Reina

Spectacle of lights and fire

The small village of Mancor de la Vall (pop. 903) celebrates its patron saint festivities on June 24th, day of St. John, and the "Fira de l'esclata-sang i de la Muntanya" (The Mountain Fire and Blood Festival) on the final weekend of November.

The fair, organized since 2003 by the Arrels de la Vall association and the town hall, aims to maintain and preserve the traditional mountain activities of this small village at the food of Puig de Massanella. Hunting, livestock, and agriculture, especially the production of olive oil and charcoal, have traditionally been the base of Mancor de la Vall's economy. Due to its proximity with the town of Inca, the village also has a long tradition of shoemaking which continues to this day.

The festivities kick off on Friday afternoon with some children’s activities before beginning the "Nit de Foc" (Night of Fire) featuring a group of demons from Arrels de la Vall and followed by some musical acts. On Saturday, the town's giant figures are paraded and the artisan show begins. There is a parade of bagpipers, drummers, and flautists. Saturday's final act is a concert for the whole town.

On Sunday, the town begins the traditional fair of handicrafts having to do with hunting, country life, mountaineering, shoemaking, and Mallorcan embroidery. Music and traditional dancing are also popular, but the biggest draw is definitely the wild-mushroom tasting station. There is also a food festival ( "Jornada gastronómica de l'esclata-sang") which starts midday among all the bars and restaurants in Mancor.

A route through the fair includes visit to a variety of exhibits and the old Ca Vallequet, Son Collell, and Turixant oil mills. You can also find hand-carved furniture made of olive wood, traditional wicker, stone mortars, and other hand-made crafts. And don't forget to visit the bakery so the homemade bread, typical sweets, empanadas, and sandwiches of sobrasada and wild mushrooms.

Once the night arrives, the demons come out to the streets again with their spectacle of lights and fire, accompanied by people dancing to the drums and flutes. Mallorca isn't just about beaches; it also has amazing towns with great festivals and markets. You can't miss them. Take care - Xisco. (photos by Xisco)
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