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FIG FESTIVAL IN DOMUS DE MARIA - 25/26 JUNE 2016

The countryside around Domus de Maria is very rich in fig trees, especially in the hamlet of Chia. These trees define the landscape and the fruit is appreciated and consumed since ancient times. To promote the history of the fig tree and the local community, which has always cultivated it with love and commitment, the town dedicates two days to the food, economic and ancestral relationship between the locals and the production of the fig.

On Saturday 25 June you will have the opportunity to taste and buy figs in Piazza degli Scolopi in Chia (the right road after the bar L'Incontro) and in the evening celebrations will continue with music, songs and dances performed by local folk groups.

On Sunday 26 June local farmers will expose their produce on Viale Chia and Viale del Porto, thereby opening their doors to the visitors. From 11:00 am - 9:00 pm don't miss the chance to visit for free the Tower of Chia, which will be open on this occasion.

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NORA - THE VERY FIRST CITY OF SARDINIA

Spring is the perfect time to book an excursion to the ancient ruins of the very first city of Sardinia, Nora. The theater, the baths, the patrician villas, the market and the tower evoke a glorious past, which was never forgotten.

In the streets of this city you can rediscover the old urban wisdom, merchants' trading and the art of the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. You will also visit the charming town of Pula with its great shopping and lively nightlife.

Want to join a guided excursion? For more information contact reservations@sardeo.com

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INTENSE MOMENTS OF DEVOTION, FAITH, CULTURE AND TRADITIONS

From 1st to 4 May 2016 experience the stunning festivity dedicated to Saint Efisio, one of the most important religious and folk events of whole Sardinia! Perpetuated for three and a half centuries this popular pilgrimage is to honor the vow made by the Administration of Cagliari in 1656 to thank the saint for having freed the city from a violent plague.

During the four days the saint is carried on foot and followed by the faithful for more than 60 km from the church of Stampace in Cagliari to the tiny church of Nora and back. The most exciting moments are the spectacular parade in Cagliari on 1st May showcasing the colorful folk costumes from all over Sardinia, the passage of the saint in Pula and his arrival in Nora.

For more information about this event, check out: http://www.cagliariturismo.it/en/special-events/360th-feast-of-sant-efisio-33

Photo: http://www.visitpula.info/
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UP AND COMING: THE SPECTACULAR SANT'EFISIO FESTIVAL

One of the most important and spectacular events in Sardinia is the festival of Sant’Efisio which takes place on 1st May.

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!

Photo: www.sardegnadigitallibrary.it
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#sardinia   #event   #festival   #santefisio   #cuture   #festivities   #pula   #cagliari
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EXPERIENCE THE HOLY WEEK IN SOUTH SARDINIA (20 - 26 March 2016)

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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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

#sardinia #italy #rite #fire #saintanthony #santantonio #fuoco #rito #carnival #carnevale #sardinien #feuer #fasnacht #brauch
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TODAY - CHERRY FESTIVAL IN VILLACIDRO

Here is a good tip to spend the Sunday exploring the Sardinian culture near you! The delicious red fruit is called cerexia in Sardinian and will be celebrated this weekend in Villacidro.

The 2015 vintage was excellent! The fruits matured without suffering adverse climatic conditions nor parasites. A record season for quality and quantity! The satisfied farmers will exhibit the sweet fruit in the various stands of the festival, now in its 43rd edition, to be held as usual in the park G. Dessi Via Republic in Villacidro.

They will present the variety Barraccocca, Regina, Primaritza and Bigareau. In conjunction with the festival, a number of festivities in honor of St. Isidore will be held, with the traditional procession accompanied by a traccas parade (decorated carriages) and folk groups. Villacidro is about 1 hour drive from Pula and the Chia region.

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PRETTY SMILES AND COLORS OF SARDINIA

This cute little girl is wearing the traditional costume of Macomer (central Sardinia) which dates from 1650 and was once proudly worn by the bride on her wedding day. As good omen for the newly-wed couple, fruits, ears and the seasons were embroidered on the dress as symbols of prosperity and good luck. The corset bears the coat of arms of the family and is embellished with floral motifs, whereas the skirt valance is embroidered throughout. This beautiful costume comes with wedding veil and a headscarf for daily use.

Thank you +Delogu Monica for sharing this picture!

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#sardinia #italy #costume #macomer #folklore #culture #tradition 
Bimba in costume "Macomer"
Pilos de pratta.
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NOT OF THIS PLANET  ... AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE

Are you curious about the eccentric and intriguing Carnival figures of Sardinia? Then you should not miss "A MAIMONE 2015", which takes place in Samugheo on 1st February, 16:00.

The event will feature the local Carnival masks and rituals of Samugheo but also showcase the mythical and most bizarre characters of the surrounding villages. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Sardinian culture!

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#sardinia   #italy   #carnival   #culture   #sanmugheo   #event
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