Dancing the mating dance.

By Posted in - Personal & Travel on April 4th, 2016 sant-francesc-folklore-13

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On the first Sunday in April the parishioners of the small village of Sant Francesc de S’Estany celebrate de day of their patron Saint Francisco.

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That is around the corner from where we live, so of course we wanted to celebrate this with them. Gertjan and I could talk Johan and PJ into it, only because there is a pub across from the church, where they could hang out while we were photographing the festivities. It started with a mass at noon in the small church overlooking the salt flats with flamingos. This church was built for the people working the salt basins, so that they did not had to travel far.

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The church was not big enough to hold all the attendants, so people where standing outside too. That gave Gertjan and me the opportunity to photograph the details of the folkloric dresses and the beautiful (hand) jewellery the ladies were wearing.

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After the mass the parishioners walked with their saints to the village border (500 meter) and back to the church.

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And then the ball pages (country dance), a typical island dance started. To me it looked like a bird’s courtship dance. The man picks one or two women and invites them by clicking his castanets. It sounds like the bill-clattering of a stork during mating season. The woman picks up her skirts and they start slowly moving around each other. Then the man jumps up and kicks his leg up high, like a bird trying to impress his mate, while drums and flutes are playing.

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At the end of the dance the man goes on one knee as if he is proposing.

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During the dance the parishioners hand out typical sweet goods from Ibiza like flaó (cheesecake with mint and anise) and orelletes sugar cookies.

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We had a great afternoon and the boys across the street too.

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(6) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • lorraine - Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 15:50

    Great pictures and words gentlemen, thank you!

    • Gertjan Holleman - Reply

      April 4, 2016 at 18:07

      The “words” are from my sister Claudia, the photo’s from her and me. Thanks for your comment Lorraine, warm regards, Gertjan

  • A&A - Reply

    April 6, 2016 at 01:28

    Wat een mooi feest!
    Prachtige kleren dragen ze en dan die sieraden!
    Heeft dat nog een betekenis of is dat alleen dat je aangeeft dat je in goede doen bent.
    Liefs
    A@A

  • Croft Randle - Reply

    April 6, 2016 at 19:01

    Great colours! One day we would like to visit!

  • wil - Reply

    July 17, 2016 at 07:12

    allemachtig prachtig

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