THE festivities held in honour of Palma’s patron saint kick off this weekend.
Until Sunday January 25, Palma is celebrating its annual Festes de Sant Sebastia with concerts, exhibitions, sports events and much more.
Legend has it that Saint Sebastian saved the island from a plague in 1523 which coincided with the end of the Germania revolt and decimated the soldiers that were resisting from within the city walls.
It is believed a fragment of bone from one of his arms – brought to Palma from the Greek island of Rhodes by a priest – miraculously put an end to the plague and the devotion to Saint Sebastian grew more and more until he was named patron saint of Palma in 1634.
The Council has invested more than €412,000 in this year’s event.