Events

All island civilizations have a tendency to preserve their traditions, language, customs, music, dances, popular and religious festivals are characteristic of a world that continues to live within a system projected into the future. Sardinia is a good example.

 

February

Traditional carnival: Mamuthones and Issohadores, Mamoiada
In the heart of Barbagia black wooden masks, dark, tragic, sheepskins, clusters of bells, rhythmic steps, men subdued playing the herd and dumb prisoner, sounds from the pit of hell.

Traditional Carnival of Oristano: sa Sartiglia, Oristano
The race to get the star sacred symbol of fertility, fills the narrow streets of Oristano with the enigma of impenetrable faces, the fury of the horses, the dexterity and skills of the riders.

Traditional carnival: sa Carrela ‘Nanti, Santulussurgiu
Reckless horse race with masked riders on the streets of the village.

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APRIL

Holy Week rites, Castelsardo
The Lunissanti Castelsardo:
Solemn choirs along the streets at night with the white penitents, an ancient Christian rite echoes in a timeless night.

 

Holy Week rites, Alghero
The deeper the silence broken only by chanting choirs: the night of the ancient city commemorates the death of Christ. A unique ritual, sad and compelling.

Holy Week rites, Cuglieri, Santulussurgiu, Scano Montiferro, Sarule
Iscravementu: ceremonial reproducing dramatically the crucifixion of Christ through the symbolic raising of the cross.

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MAY

1-4, Festival of Sant’Efisio, Cagliari
In Cagliari, the feast of the whole island, from 350 years. Hundreds of faithful people wearing traditional costumes and jewelry , decorated carts, men and women on horseback follow the Saint surrounded in a strong atmosphere of sound and colors.

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JULY

6-7, Ardia, Sedilo
A race horse ritual. Dozens of horsemen, a mad dash for the Saint: devotion, dust, sun, spirited horses, competition. All this is the Ardia.

Traditional Carpet Fair, Mogoro
Exhibitors from all major centers of the island. All Schools craft and models.

 

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AUGUST

14, The Candlesticks, Nulvi
The charm of the spectacular parade (Sa Essida) of the three huge wooden candlesticks, secular symbol of Corporations of the Shepherds and Farmers, remains unchanged after seven centuries.

14, The faradda The wooden candlesticks of Sassari
This is the second big feast of Sassari. For 500 years the great wooden columns, finely ornate, dance on the streets of Sassari. On 14th of August, the Guilds – artisans associations –go running and dancing carrying the huge wooden candlesticks thru the old town between two wings of inciting crowd, following the sound of the many drums.

Last Sunday of August, The Redeemer, Nuoro
Men, women and children in colorful costumes parade through songs, dances and sounds of launeddas. A pilgrimage to the great statue of Mount Ortobene

 

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SEPTEMBER

S. Salvatore: The barefoot race, Cabras
For over 500 years, the dust lights up in red the sunset of Sinis. A crowd of white barefoot young people, all white dressed recall the centuries-old struggle against the Saracens. Dust, sweat and fatigue. A deep devotion, a race which is also prayer.

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OCTOBER

25, 26, 27 Sagra Delle Castagne, Aritzo
Costume parade, performances and tasting of food and wine

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