EVENT: NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN CAGLIARI

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In Cagliari the New Year will be celebrated as usual in different locations of the city, although featuring the main squares which will host a series of events and lots of music – all for free, as always!

This year the celebrations will host Malika Ayane, one of the most important Italian artists, who continues her unstoppable rise to position herself among the great names of Italian music.

Check here the full program: http://www.paradisola.it/sagre-sardegna/capodanno/5976-cagliari

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LENTILS, POMEGRANATE AND RED UNDERWEAR

To welcome the New Year, Italians all have their own regional traditions. However, here are three customs that are mostly shared across the peninsula and the islands:

Lentils are known since ancient times for their great nutritional value and are associated with coins because of their shape. For Italians eating lentils on the last day of the year means having a year of abundance, money and economic rewards. Traditionally lentils are served with cotechino (pork sausage) or zampone (stuffed pork knuckle). The fatty and nutritious pork meat equally stands for abundance and prosperity.

Another custom is to eat pomegranate the last night of the year as a symbol of fidelity and fertility. Eating this delicious fruit together with your partner, boyfriend or husband is a sign of devotion and prosperity.

Following the color of pomegranate seeds, it is believed that wearing red underwear on December 31 will bring love and luck in the New Year. Yet the custom is that it has to be thrown away the next day.

What is the New Year tradition in your country?

Photo and recipe for cotechino and lentils: http://www.dissapore.com/grande-notizia/ricetta-cotechino-e-lenticchie/

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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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NEED A GIFT FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL?

With renewed enthusiasm the traditional Christmas fair “FIERA DI NATALE” is finally back in Cagliari until 22 December 2017 in the exhibition center! This 36th edition continues to celebrate local specialties, handicrafts and handmade Christmas gifts. Indulge for a few hours with your family in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere and pick the perfect gifts to put under your tree.

Opening daily from 11:00 – 21:00.
Free entrance!

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SEA URCHINS – HOW TO EAT THEM

Sea urchins are considered a cool weather food. In Sardinia you can find them on sale from the middle of November to late April.

This delicacy is eaten raw and is often featured in the cuisines of most Mediterranean cultures. The best way to eat sea urchins is by carefully dipping a piece of soft white bread directly into the shell and scoop out the meaty orange center, while trying to avoid any piece of shell or spine remaining from the opening process. Mmmm …. delicious! Give it a try!

Photo credit: http://www.identitagolose.it/

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AN INVIGORATING STROLL BY THE BEACH … and more

In the last few days snow has arrived in European…. Just on time for the advent as beautiful winter landscapes are taking shape and the first snowmen are being built. But what if the return of the cold makes you dream of pristine beaches and sunny days instead?

The desire of a sunny break could lead you straight to South Sardinia where nature awakes early March already. Carpets of flowers cover the plains, flamingos and other birds meet for their yearly reunion and the beaches are all yours to enjoy. A delight for all sun seekers and nature lovers!

For a private and comfortable accommodation check out our stylish Villetta Chillout near Chia and the beach.

No matter the season, life in Sardinia is so much better! For more information contact us or visit our website www.simplychillout.com

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