Correfoc: The “Demonic” Tradition of Mallorca (Video)
On the Spanish island of Mallorca, an ancient tradition known as 'correfoc' has been captivating locals and visitors alike for decades. This unique festival, rooted in medieval street theatre and folklore, aims to bring out the 'devil' in its participants, while also celebrating the age-old battle between 'good' and 'evil'. In the correfoc, the streets come alive with an exhilarating display of fire and pyrotechnics. Participants dressed as demons, monsters, and other fantastical creatures roam the streets, brandishing sparklers, firecrackers, and other fiery instruments. Accompanied by the rhythmic beats of drums, they create a mesmerizing spectacle of light and sound.
Although the tradition faced challenges in the past, including legislative restrictions and religious suspicions, it has managed to endure and thrive on the island. Today, correfoc festivals attract crowds from near and far who come to witness this unique celebration of fire and folklore. The correfoc serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of Mallorca and its commitment to preserving ancient traditions. It provides a thrilling experience for participants and spectators alike, igniting a sense of excitement, wonder, and a primal connection with the age-old battle between good and evil.
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Top image: Correfoc, Mallorca. Source: Jordi / Adobe Stock.