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CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH 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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SA CARAPIGNA – THE TRADITIONAL HAND-MADE LEMON SORBET

Maintaining and promoting Sardinian culinary traditions across the nation is a young man’s dream, Sebastiano Pranteddu of Aritzo (central Sardinia).

The Sardinian carapigna differs from other icy compositions because ice is not an ingredient itself, though over time the original slush has probably evolved to a more refined sorbet through the use of the “barrile”, which holds the “carapignera”.

The technology used is to refrigerate a metallic container filled with water, sugar and organic lemon juice surrounded by a mixture of ice and salt. The container is manually turned in very rapid movements to create an icy crust inside the container.

Check out this interesting video that shows the making of the original carapigna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARnev4xUMU

Photo: guida-sardegna.it

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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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BE A SHEPHERD FOR A DAY

This experience offers the opportunity to live a few hours into the fold of a Sardinian shepherd during which you will be able to watch sheep-milking and the making of cheese according to ancient traditions. At the end of the experience, there will be a cheese-tasting.

This excursion takes place around Chia and is brought to you by www.sardeo.com.
Price: 35€ per person.

shepherd

Photo credit: Sardeo.com

SARTIGLIA IN ORISTANO 11/13 FEBRUARY 2018

The celebrations of the New Year have just ended and the next big events are already being prepared.

One of the most spectacular happenings in Sardinia during Carnival is the traditional and unique equestrian performance, la Sartiglia, which takes place in Oristano (North West of Sardinia) this year on 11 and 13 February.

The main figure of the ride is Su Componidori, a horseman dressed in a fascinating rite and becomes the king of the celebrations. The riders wear a large white embroidered cape with a camellia pinned on, a black top hat and a wooden mask with delicate almost androgynous lines, which give it a magical look.

The horsemen gallop through the narrow streets of the town centre and try to spear with their swords a silver star which is hung across their path. At the end of the ride the event continues with daring horseback acrobatics a thigh speed. But the most exciting and spectacular moment of the show is when younger ones ride in the same way taking everybody’s breath away.

If you are around Oristano at this time of the year, don’t miss this exceptional experience!

Photo: Angelo Porcheddu
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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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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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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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