FEAST DAY IN EL PILAR (LA MOLA) FORMENTERA
On October 12th, the small town of La Mola del Pilar in Formentera celebrated his big day, the day of its patron and therefore people dressed in gala costumes. Although these days have been rainy, the sky during this celebration wore an intense blue color highlighting more the festivity.
The festivities of each parish in the islands of Ibiza and Formentera are familiars, and some of them have some traditional features, in this case to be the Patroness of the village of La Mola is also the Patroness of the Civil Guard who also celebrate their big day, and they are those who take charge of the image in the procession.
The little and white temple remains very small to accommodate the people and tourists who join the celebration. The folks take the images that will participate in the procession through a side door of the church.
The procession starts from the church by the main road and later by the back quiet roads of the population, that pass between centenarian stone walls and fields of Formentera.
The touch of color puts the folk group with its bright colors that accompany the procession dressed in their finery.
In this festival no shortage of bright colors of the costumes of Formentera that although equal to those of Ibiza have some small difference.
Once the procession ends begin the typical traditional dances that fill with their movements give even more color to this tiny town.
The dances are the same as Ibizans are two islands that unlike the rest of the Balearics have kept the dance, costumes and oldest instruments in the archipelago. As a curiosity the footwear in the traditional costumes of Formentera is usually not like that of Ibiza in the case of women and unlike her sister island, they usually carry different shoes.
Tourists are impressed by the notes of color in traditional costumes, music and dance, and when the dance end, everyone is invited to "oreilletes", a typical dessert of the island, that maybe has its origins in north Africa, as the Arab heritage is constant in the culture of Ibiza and Formentera. In fact Formentera is the Balearic island closest to the African continent.
Next year on October 12th, same time, same place.
In the La Mola del Pilar of Formentera, folks will wear their best clothes for their traditional festivities again.