Festes de la Beata in Vilafranca de Bonany

Festes de la Beata in Vilafranca de Bonany

Each year between the end of July and the beginning of August, the town of Vilafranca de Bonany organises a series of events with the scope of celebrating their patron saint, Santa Catalina Thomas and also to celebrate the end of the harvest.

The last day of the local holidays which is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of August culminates with three major events that are carefully planned.

The first major event is made of the traditional dances performed by the Aires Vilafranquins group.

Right after this a group of young and elderly locals put into play a show of fire, sound and light called Beatifoc (galleries from 2013 & 2014). Dressed as demons they roam the central streets of the town and crack fireworks. To spice up the show they also invite other fellow demon groups from either Mallorca or other Spanish cities and they build contraptions that are used to give a special touch to the event.

The third major part of this celebration is made up by the Sa Revolta event which is mainly aimed to the youngsters and which starts late after midnight and ends up the next day in the morning. At Sa Revolta, the local demon rides on a truck equipped with a water tank and music and they cross the central streets with the youngsters partying hard just like a ‘love parade’ truck would do.

Because the Sa Revolta was celebrating it’s 25th edition since it’s launch in 1990 they prepared a showoff for each year’s Sa Revolta t-shirt which they displayed on poles of the main street:

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Obviously, the main attraction of the evening was the Beatifoc:

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