Festivals and popular traditions
Handicrafts made from palmito leaves are Artà's most important point of artisan reference. Baskets, hats and other products delight tourists, who visit the municipality to discover how tradition is harmoniously combined with modernity.
The holiday season begins with a celebration in honour of Sant Antoni de Pàdua on June 13. Various events are held around this date: children strung with little bells run through the village, Els cavallets i la Dama, a dance of uncertain origin and tremendous visual attractive, is performed and the villagers go on a pilgrimage.
On June 29, Colònia de Sant Pere's patron saint's day, popular activities are held over several days and a singular maritime procession takes place.
Artà celebrates its patron saint's day, Sant Salvador, on August 6, with a series of most unusual events, like the marathon that climbs up and down the stairs of Puig de Sant Salvador at midnight or the watermelon-eating competition.
The winter holiday cycle begins on January 16 and 17, with the fiesta of Sant Antoni. Masked devils come out on the street in the morning, a symbol of the temptations that pursued the saint. Criticism and irony are present both in its folksongs as well as at the S'Argument recital.
Bonfires are lit at night that last until dawn. Villagers gather around them to eat botifarrons, or blood sausages, and laugh at the verses the singers compose, which aer humorous, erotic and scatological. A procession and the traditional animal blessing take place the next day in the morning.