Casual Wednesdays in Spain: Dancing with Demons at Dijous Bo

This week was Dijous Bo (meaning “Good Thursday” in Mallorquín), one of the largest fairs of winter in Mallorca held in the town of Inca. During Wednesday and Thursday, there are the typical artisans and vendors that you see at the other fairs in Mallorca—little kiosks selling olives, pastries, candies, tea, and meats and cheeses. Since Inca is known for their leather goods, they also have a decent amount of places selling leather boots and purses as well. There’s also a vendor (a new favorite) where you can buy a bottle of wine and they cork it right there for you--perfect for a little botellón before your night out.

Candy on candy on candy. A kid's dream come true.

Candy on candy on candy. A kid's dream come true.

My new friend, Joan, who's in charge of pouring and corking the wine.

My new friend, Joan, who's in charge of pouring and corking the wine.

The festivities on Wednesday night, called Dimecres Bo (or “Good Wednesday” in Mallorquín), is the event you won’t want to miss. Here, you will see the correfoc, or fire run. People dress up as dimonis, or demons, and everyone—young and old—come out to dance with the demons well into the night. A large band of drummers set the beat of the night with dramatic music and the demons light fireworks and dance, ride flaming bikes, and even ride around in shopping carts with a trail of fire streaming around them. 

A dimoni doing its thang.

A dimoni doing its thang.

The night is chaotic and beautiful and one you will never forget. If you plan on going, make sure to wear old clothing; the sparks from the fireworks can (and probably will) burn holes into your clothing. You are, after all, dancing under a rain of fire. And a hat or old scarf to cover your head may not be a bad idea either if you want to come home with a full head of hair.

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After the correfoc ends, you can keep the party going with different concerts that run until the wee hours of the morning. Up the street you will find DJs outside the bars playing music and people dancing and drinking in the street. There was a live rock concert near the correfoc plaza, another area where a DJ played reggaeton, and another where electronic music blared over a crowded block of people squished together in the street like sardines. 

Whether you decide to make a night of it or just to go for a bit, the correfoc is the part you don't want to miss. I’ve heard there are other festivals in January that have similar fire runs and that this festival is simply a warm-up to these bigger fairs. 

Nevertheless, I have no complaints about my first dance with demons and look forward to many more late night spanish dancing under a sky of fireworks.