Fira del Ram, the biggest annual funfair in Palma de Mallorca

As is tradition at this time of the year, it is already installed in Palma de Mallorca “the Fira del Ram”, from March 1 to April 25 in the Polígono Son Fusteret, on the outskirts of the city.

With plenty of thrill-seeking rides, a 60 meter high ferris wheel, stalls, games and family activities, it’s an event that families ought not to miss. You will find from fair stands with games, raffles, etc. to the most adrenaline-pumping rides, or more calmed attractions like bumper cars, the train of the witch and much more. In addition, this year the fair has a new ride for its most daring visitors, the Flip Fly.

Fira del Ram is a call for children of all ages, as long ago that this fair is synonymous with amusement. But that was not always so. The origin of this fair, genuinely from the city of Palma de Mallorca is directly related to the island of a sculpture of “the Verónica” carrier of the relic of the Holy Face.

It is not known precisely how or when was arrived this image to Palma. Tradition says was Cardinal Antoni Cerdà (Rome, 1459) from Rome who forwarded this relic statue to the nuns of the monastery of Santa Margarita in Palma de Mallorca. However, some historians claim it was another member of the Roman college in charge of sending the relic of the Holy Face: Jaume Pou Cardinal Berard (Rome, 1563), who was a nun sister in the said monastery, but it seems clear that came from the Eternal City.

It is also clear from the beginning that “the Veronica” aroused great devotion among Palma’s even extending its fame to the rest of the island. Three were the feasts where the relic for public veneration was exposed: Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday and the Nativity of Our Lady.

During Palm Sunday many people gathered at the monastery of Santa Margarita to visit and venerate the image of “the Veronica”. This event was used by some vendors, who placed their positions in the cloister. Some potters began selling figurines of the Passion, Cases Santes (Monuments), and other stalls selling prints or nuts. Over time was that the number of stalls was increasing. So much so that the monastic complex was small and had to invade public. Seller’s pots, jars, plates and all sorts of gizmos were added. The monastery of Santa Margarita came to call so many people during Palm Sunday stalls overflowed by an important part of the Sant Miquel. This spontaneously “Fira del Ram” emerged. It must have been by the eighteenth century when it became fashionable to give away during the day, a siurell or other entertainment for children. Therefore, were the young who waited more joy the show.

In 1837, the Augustinian nuns, with all the furniture and belongings, moved to the convent of the Conception, situated in the street of the same name. From that year, the Verónica was publicly exhibited in the convent church of adoption, attracting the faithful and sellers, with its stalls occupied the street Conception to the Fountain of the Sepulcher, and from there, continue until the Fountain of the Turtles. People who journeyed through the fair is pushed and stepped on, so the crowds were causing discouragement

In the end, the City had to take action on the matter and decided to move the Fira del Ram to the Square Hospital. But the space provided here was not enough to install all the stalls, so the fair precipitated by the slope of the Sang to extend along the Paseo de la Rambla.

It was at this last place in the late nineteenth century when appeared the first carousel, mechanical device that immediately enthused smaller. The first carousel came to Palma de Mallorca from peninsular entrepreneurs, especially from Barcelona. They were so successful that with the passing of the years that had to move the show to the area between Avenues and Plaza de Tubo.

From the second half of the twentieth century, the Fira del Ram had become an amusement park, which was passing through different plots of Palma. After Plaza del Tubo, was moved for a few years to a large square that had been built in front of the Cathedral. Years later, the construction of the Parc de la Mar forced to seek a new settlement, this time at the site of Llevant. From there, a few years, it became a large lot in front of the psychiatric hospital. Here he remained for some time, until the project of the park Falca Verda forced to relocate the amusement park in Son Fuster, its present location. “The Veronica”, with its relic of the Holy Face, is still exposed to the public every Palm Sunday.

Open Monday to Thursday from 5.00pm to 11.00pm. It’s open late on Fridays – until 2am, and opens all day from 10am until midnight on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Easy and big parking.

Enjoy with all the family :-)))

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