MASKS, DISGUISES, SATIRE AND BIZARRE PANTOMIME

The Carnival, the only festivity not linked to Catholic liturgy, is deep rooted in the Sardinian culture. Across the island the festivities start with the bonfires of Saint Anthony on 17th January while the main celebrations take place between Ash Thursday and Ash Tuesday to conclude on Ash Wednesday. Interestingly the main carnival characters vary quite strongly from region to region.

The Carnival often recalls archaic rites, where the year end is represented by a king or queen (in Tempio Pausiania) or by a rag puppet that is tried, condemned to the stake and afterwards mourned with a ridiculous funeral whine (in Bosa, Maimone, Cagliari).

In the center of the island, Carnival often features mute masks of ancient origin such as Mamuthones and Issohadores (Mamoiada), Boes and Merdules (Ottana) and Sos Thuros (Orotelli).

Especially in the region of Oristano, equistrian performances are at the heart of the Carnival (e.g. Sartiglia in Oristano, Sa carrela ‘nanti in Santulussurgiu, Sa corsa e sa pudda in Ghilarza).

No matter where you decide to go, the Carnival is usually accompanied by beans with bacon, fritters (kind of donuts) and plenty of local wine. Have fun!

Photo: Maurizio Aresi by www.sardiniaturismo.eu
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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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How and where to spend New Year’s Eve

Cagliari is famous for the numerous concerts that take place during the last night of the the year in the most important squares of the city.

This year, to accompany the countdown towards the new year and to perform in Piazza Yenne from 10.30 pm, will be the singer-songwriter VINICIO CAPOSSELA. Following, DJ set with Dj Nicola Musu.

At Bastione Santa Croce, from 10.30pm, there is dancing to the rhythm of the most famous hits of international pop and dance music, proposed by the Smash Hits band. The DJset will follow with DJ Bettosun.

New Year in the name of jazz in Piazza San Giacomo, with the live band Mambo Django and the musical duo Foxi & Herny.

Let’s celebrate in Cagliari city this year!

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FOLLOWING THE STEPS OF SANT’EFISIO

If you are planning a visit to South Sardinia next Spring, you may be interested in a wonderful guided experience that will give you insights about the Celebration of Sant’Efisio (the saint protector of Sardinia) which takes place each year early May in the small town of Pula.

This 3-hours tour will give you the opportunity to visit the very old church of Nora (dating from 1100), learn everything about the preparation for the procession and even test your baking skills with Sardinian recipes.

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!

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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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GRAND OPENING OF THE MULTIMEDIA CULTURAL CENTER “CONTOS E SONOS”, PULA – JUNE 22, 2019 (evening)

“Contos e Sonos” was born to explore some of the several artistic expressions of the Sardinian cultural heritage, such as music (Launeddas, barrel organ etc.), oral traditions (tales, myths, legends), traditional dancing and singing (a tenore, a concordu, with guitar etc.). With this project, the Teatro Actores Alidos wants to modernize the former Municipal Cultural Centre in Pula, making it the “domo de sa cultura” (house of the culture), a new cultural hub that will organize events, meetings, workshops, interactive courses and contests, with the goal to promote, recover and pass on the oral traditions and the practice of ancient arts, especially between the younger generations and the students, so that they can learn and preserve them.

These initiatives will facilitate social interactivity and cultural exchanges to facilitate the creation of new formulas and ideas across the different disciplines. All the productions (documents, activities, etc.) will be available digitally later on, to be preserved and always accessible.

“Contos e Sonos” wants to be a spark for the “domo”, to engage the public, make them enjoy and discover the many faces of the vast Sardinian cultural heritage, constantly evolving and being reinterpreted.

More information: http://www.contosesonos.com/en

DOMO DE SA CULTURA
Via Nora 195, 09010 Pula (Ca)

GIROTONNO – CELEBRATING THE SEA RIDERS

Girotonno 2019 – Celebrating the rider of the sea
 
Discover tuna tradition and culture in a corner of paradise, the Sulcis Iglesiente, in Carloforte, Sardinia! From 30 May to 2 June 2019 the Girotonno will take place: four days of culture, arts, food, wine, music and entertainment.
 
For example there will be a Tuna Cuisine Competition with chefs from six nations, who will prepare stunning tuna dishes, or the Girotonno Live Cooking event in which national and international chefs prepare food live, comment and invite the public to taste their original tuna-based creations.
 
Carloforte in San Pietro Island possesses the last tuna trap in Italy. Every year from April to mid-June the passage of the Bluefin tuna is intercepted in the west of the island, where fishing is always fruitful, full of emotions and history. Despite its fascination, it has to be said that this fishing tradition has become controversial and raises lots of questions about the ecological sustainability, given the lack of tuna in the world…
 

Info: http://www.girotonno.it/en/

Girotonno 2019 – Celebrating the rider of the sea
 
Discover tuna tradition and culture in a corner of paradise, the Sulcis Iglesiente, in Carloforte, Sardinia! From 30 May to 2 June 2019 the Girotonno will take place: four days of culture, arts, food, wine, music and entertainment.
 
For example there will be a Tuna Cuisine Competition with chefs from six nations, who will prepare stunning tuna dishes, or the Girotonno Live Cooking event in which national and international chefs prepare food live, comment and invite the public to taste their original tuna-based creations.
 
Carloforte in San Pietro Island possesses the last tuna trap in Italy. Every year from April to mid-June the passage of the Bluefin tuna is intercepted in the west of the island, where fishing is always fruitful, full of emotions and history. Despite its fascination, it has to be said that this fishing tradition has become controversial and raises lots of questions about the ecological sustainability, given the lack of tuna in the world…
 
Info: http://www.girotonno.it/en/

A COLORFUL EVENT – CITRUS FRUIT FESTIVAL IN MURAVERA

The Citrus Fruit Festival of Muravera (South Eastern Sardinia) is an event not to be missed. It marks the beginning of the touristic season and showcases the local citrus fruit production.

Amazing and colorful costumes, beautifully handmade fabrics adorned with precious filigree jewels, etc. – there is a lot to see this weekend in Muravera. For the occasion the main streets will be festooned with multicolored carpets and tapestries and will give way to a large parade of folk groups from all over Sardinia.

During the three days of the festival numerous events including conferences, exhibitions, and travelling museums, murals competition, tastings of local food and folk music.

If you are staying around Chia or Pula, Muravera can be reached in about 2 hours by car. Check out the full program here:
http://www.sagradegliagrumi.it/

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THE SANTAS ARE BACK!

Ten thousand steps of generosity for three Pink Points in Cagliari. This is the subtitle of the event that will take place this year in the beautiful beach front Poetto. The Santa Claus run is a solidarity race that aims to raise funds for the creation of three Pink Points for lactation of children in three city structures of the Health Protection Sardinia.

The sporting event is a non-competitive race, open to all without age limits. The participants will run along a path of about ten thousand steps, starting from the first stop at the Poetto. The turning point of the race is located at the Hippodrome, while the arrival will be located at the Lido of Cagliari beach club.

Photo: http://www.kalariseventi.com

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