The Ciutadella Fiestas take place on 23 and 24 June and on the Sunday before. They are the island's most traditional and symbolic fiestas, dating back to the early fourteenth century. Farmworkers would make the journey on horseback to a small rural chapel (today known as Sant Joan de Missa) to honour their patron saint, a tradition that continues to this day.
The qualcada, or cavalcade, is made up primarily of riders or cavallers, farmworkers of all ages. The caixers, on the other hand, represent the four original social classes: the church (Caixer Capellà), nobility (Caixer Senyor), craftsmen (Caixer Casat – married master craftsmen, and Caixer Fadri – apprentices, unmarried men from the country or towns) and the peasantry (Caixers Pagesos). The Fabioler (city herald) heads the procession on his donkey, playing a simple and distinctive tune on his flute and drum.
The Sunday before 23 June is the Sunday of the Lamb, when the Fabioler and a group of caixers accompany a farmer who, barefoot and wearing a lambskin pelt, carries a lamb on his shoulders through the streets of Ciutadella to announce the start of the fiesta. On 23 June, at 2 pm, the horsemen gather at the house of the Caixer Senyor and from there the celebration continues more or less non-stop until the early hours of 25 June. Among the most spectacular ceremonies is the Caragol des Born on the afternoon of the 23 June and the medieval jousting games that take place on the Pla de Sant Joan at sunset on the evening of 24 June.
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