CARNIVAL IS UPCOMING – PARA FRITUS FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH

The doughnut-like sweets are called “Para frittus” in Sardinia, which literally means “fried priests”. The origin of their name is unclear, but some say that the hole in the middle of the doughnut recalls the tonsure of the monks, while others claim that the white horizontal line in the middle of the doughnut looks like the cord of the monks’ dress.
During the Carnival Para Fritus are served everywhere in Sardinia. Although each region has its own recipe and shape, this specialty always taste great, whether plain or filled. Buon appetito!

Here the recipe in English: http://bit.ly/1naxlIW

Photo and recipe in Italian: MyArt by Roberto Murgia http://bit.ly/237F3DR

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CARNIVAL KICK-OFF WITH THE FIRE OF SAINT ANTONY

Each year in the night of January 16 many bonfires are lit across whole Sardinia in honor of Saint Anthony, a leading exponent of Egyptian asceticism of the third century AC. Christians see this ancient cult as a devoted opponent of the devils and hell fire. The legend says that St. Anthony stole a glowing spark from the world of the dead to provide mankind with fire.

That night, people ask graces and miracles to the Saint in an magical setting dominated by the bonfire consuming huge piles of wood. Mixing Christian devotion and ancient pagan traditions, this rite is documented since the mid-nineteenth century, but its origins are definitely more remote. After the liturgical rites and the blessing of the fire, participants regroup around the bonfire to chat, sing, taste sweets and wine offered by the community. The fire burns all night and the shape of its smoke supposedly predicts good auspices and prophecies. This old ritual also indicates the start of the Carnival.

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Photo: www.sardegnaturismo.it

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6TH JANUARY – THE GOOD OLD WITCH COMES RIDING ON HER BROOM

Unlike in many other European countries on Epiphany, in Italy it is not the Three Wise Men who bring presents to the well-behaved children, but the Befana.

Although unclear whether the origins of the Befana are rooted in Celtic customs or based on the Bible, the benevolent old witch with magical powers is loved everywhere in Italy. In fact, several weeks preceding the Epiphany, Italian children are busy writing letters to the Befana telling her which presents they would like most to receive.

So hurry up – don’t forget to hang up your socks 🙂

Read about the Legend of La Befana: http://mymerrychristmas.com/legend-of-la-befana/

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WHEN PASSION BECOMES ART

 

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It’s fascinating the level of detail and patience that was put into these amazing sweets created by the artist Anna Gardu from Oliena (central Sardinia).

Her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HoroDolciArtistici

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CHESTNUTS AND HAZELNUTS FESTIVAL

The popular festival is held annually on the last Sunday of October at Aritzo, in the heart of Barbagia.The event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of local products, cultural heritage, environment and art of central Sardinia.

During two days (Saturday and Sunday) the festival features musical performances and art exhibitions, while roasted hazelnuts and chestnuts will be distributed together with an excellent new wine. Yet another cultural event not to be missed!

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CREATIVE EASTER BREAD

In Sardinia it is tradition to prepare a very special and elaborated Easter bread, the forms of which are manifold: crown, chick, girl, lapwing, fish, small baskets with holes in the shape of a fruit or flower. Even their names are different: ‘coccoi cun s’ou’, ‘coccoi to pippia’, ‘coccoi de pasca’, ‘coccoi de ou’ and of course many others.

All of these breads are completed by embedding an egg (with the shell) in the dough and sometimes concealing it. This particular bread is considered a symbol of fertility and good luck.

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BYSSUS – GOLDEN SILK FROM THE SEA

If you wander around in Sant’Antioco (San Pietro Island), in South Sardinia, why not pay a visit to the Byssus Museum?

Oh! Never heard about byssus? They are groups of strong and silky filaments, in this case, secreted by the Pinna nobilis, a saltwater clam that lives attach to the seabed. The “Sea Silk” has a long history and is even mentioned in the Bible. It was used to create and decorate gorgeous fabrics by spinning and weaving byssus.

Chiara Vigo is the only sea silk weaver master in Europe. She continues to weave byssus into all sorts of fabrics and clothing items and you can find her at the museum, where she holds workshops to demonstrate the magic of this ancient craft.

Photo: Luigi Garavaglia

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THE SARDINIAN VERSION OF HALLOWEEN

Although Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Italy, Sardinia has its own way of celebrating the souls, which is called “Is Animeddas” or “Panixeddas” in the south and “Su mortu mortu” in the central part of the island.

The Sardinian version of Halloween goes back to an ancient tradition which celebrates the goodness of the souls on All Saints day (1st November). Here too appears the theme of carved pumpkins and children dressed as ghosts who knock at the doors asking for gifts or else threatening with tricks.

Originally, homemade goodies such as pabassinas, su pani de saba, and especially a biscuit called ossu de mottu (dead’s bones) along with pomegranates, chestnuts and dried fruit were given to the kids. The tradition was to light an oil lamp to honor each deceased member of the family. Happy Halloween!

Photo: http://maestramanu-ifantastici20.blogspot.ch/

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EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAY – YOUR CHANCE TO DISCOVER THE MYSTICAL BEAUTY OF NORA, NEAR PULA

For all those who are now enjoying the late Summer in South Sardinia, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th 2017 September you will have the opportunity to participate to a guided tour of the Tower of Nora (Torre del Coltellazzo), the Nora Archeological Site and the Submarine Archeological Exhibition in Casa Frau, on the Piazza del Popolo (main square of Pula). The guided tours take place all day for a symbolic price of 1 euro. Don’t miss it!

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