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SAFFRON – THE SPICE BEYOND PRICE

The story goes that the saffron plant, originated in Greece, is the fruit of Crocus‘ love for the nymph Smilax. As the gods were opposed to this love affair they transformed Crocus into a saffron plant and Smilax into a bindweed … Hermes, lovers‘ adviser, used the plant as an aphrodisiac spice

The plant has arrived in Italy thanks to the Dominican priest Santucci. Today Sardinia and more precisely the villages of Villanovafranca, Turri and San Gavino produce yearly about 300 kg of high quality saffron with PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) recognition.

Why not not join the yearly Saffron Festival in San Gavino Monreale which takes place around mid of November? A very good way indeed for learning about and tasting this mystic spice!

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15 AUGUST IS FERRAGOSTO – THE ITALIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL

After Christmas, Ferragosto is the second most important festivity in Italy. The most awaited festival corresponds with the beginning of the summer holidays and brings a stream of Italian visitors to the beaches and the cities. If you would like to go out on the night of Ferragosto, make sure to book a table in your favourite restaurant. Also, note that most shops are closed for the festivities.

The Ferragosto finds its origins in ancient Rome and was later interwoven with the Catholic tradition. The name Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (rest of Augustus), in honor of Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, from which the month of August takes its name. It was a period of rest and celebration established by the emperor himself during which a number of parties celebrated the end of the agricultural labour.

Throughout the Empire festivals and horse races took place, draft animals were adorned with flowers. In addition, it was custom for the farmers to express their best wishes to the landowners, in exchange for a small tip.

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EVERY YEAR AGAIN – CHERRY FESTIVAL IN VILLACIDRO

Here is a good tip for spending an afternoon discovering the Sardinian culture near you! The coming weekend – 9/10 June – the Cherry Festival in Villacidro will be dedicated to the delicious red fruit called cerexia in Sardinian.

The 2018 vintage was excellent! A fantastic season for quality and quantity! The satisfied farmers will exhibit the sweet fruit in the various stands of the festival, now in its 46th edition, which will be held in the communal park G. Dessi Via Republic in Villacidro. There you will also find a market with local produce and handicrafts as well as musical performances with dancers and singers in the town’s main square. Come on over and have a taste of several cherry varieties such as Barraccocca, Regina, Primaritza and Bigareau.

Villacidro is about 1 hour drive from Pula and the Chia region.

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UP AND COMING – SANT’EFISIO FESTIVAL

Ramadura

One of the most important and spectacular events in Sardinia is the festival of Sant’Efisio which takes place on 1-4th May every year. For this occasion the streets of Cagliari and Pula in particular are completely covered with petals of roses to honor the saint and give way to the parade. In Sardinian this is called „Sa Ramadura“. More info to come on this event: http://www.visitpula.info/santefisio-a-pula/.

Photo: www.sardegnadigitallibrary.it

 

EVENT: HOLY WEEK IN SOUTH SARDINIA (25 – 31 MARCH 2018)

The Holy Week in Sardinia is a unique and exciting event, in which pagan rites meet Christian beliefs to create captivating rituals, remarkable processions and fascinating moments.The passion of Christ blends so intimately with the cycles of peasants’ life, so dear to the Sardinian people.

The processions of the Mysteries, the touching rites of the Descent from the Cross and the meeting between the statue of Jesus and Mary are crucial moments of the festival. An important role is also played by the Brotherhoods, who parade in their striking costumes, singing religious songs in Latin and Sardinian, whose origins date back to the Middle Ages.

With such rich traditions it is not surprising that in Sardinia Easter is called Pasca Manna, meaning Big Easter, to differentiate it from Paschixedda (Little Easter), which stands for Christmas.

Photo: http://www.sardegnaeventi24.it/

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