Meeting of Giants at Sant Marçal Church. Autumn Fair 2008

The Giants of Binissalem
Jaume, the Binissalem giant

The two giants represent the managers of a “posessió”, the Catalan name for a large farm, said in this case to be Son Roig. In a flourishing wine growing area, with its own Denominación de Origen label, they could be no other than intimately connected with its central activity; he carries a pair of secateurs for pruning tasks and she a basket and knife, equally useful for pruning tasks but also for harvesting the grapes.

Relative newcomers to the Mallorcan band of giants, they were presented in public on 9 September 2006 during the festivities celebrating the annual wine harvest. Their sponsors at their baptism were the giantess Llucia from Mancor de la Vall and Guillem Bassa, one of the Alaró giants.

Inhabitants of Binissalem over sixteen years of age were eligible to vote on the options for the names for the giants and there were one thousand three hundred votes in favour of Jaume for the giant and Aina for the giantess, patron saints of the town. Jaume measures 3.84 metres and Aina 3.56. He weighs 31 kilos, she 29. They are made of fibreglass and were designed by Manuel Alba.

Said to be modelled on local people, they are probably the happiest of the Mallorcan giants, particularly Aina with her beaming smile!

Bandera española.

Aina, the Binissalem giantess