WHAT TO DO : HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

SARTIGLIA

The Sartiglia has place in Oristano the Sunday before Lent and Shrove Tuesday.

 

Is a horse race of medieval origin in which the rider (knight) must spear a star hanging from a ribbon with his sword. The more times the star is speared, the better the harvest in the fields will be.

BAREFOOT RACE

It race take place in Cabras on the first Saturday of September. The faithful, dressed in a white cassock tied at the waist with a rope, run barefoot on a dusty road covered with stones.

 

It is their way of fulffillinga vow made to San Salvatore, whose statueis carried on their shoulders in a sedan-chair and conducted from the parish of Santa Maria Assunta to the church of San Giovanni in Sinis.

SUMMER SARTIGLIEDDA

This event takes place on August 15th and it is a revival of the famous, spectacular equestrian race called Sartiglia, but performed by children.

 

The summer Sartigliedda takes place on the waterfront promenade of Torregrande.
During the day a boat parade with music, folkloristic events and fireworks take place as well.

“FASSOISI” REGATA

It has place in Santa giusta during the month of july.

 

The traditional regatta is held at the pond in Santa Giusta. Participants of the “is fassonis” (boats that are built from plaited reeds) regatta row boats on their feet while leaning on a long pole. Before the regatta begins, there is a race between the “crius”, wooden boats with a flat bottom that are still used as fishing boats in the local ponds.

ARDIA

The Ardia take place in sedilo on 6 and seven of July. The traditional horse race is held in honour of Constantine, the Roman emperor who converted to Christianity, and defeated Maxentius in 312 A.D. at the battle of the Milvian Bridge.

 

Dozens of local horsemen, in a sign of devotion to the saint, race riotously to prove their courage.

FESTIVAL AND THE SAN SERAFINO FEAST DAY

This festival has place in Ghilarza in October. The Sardinian choral music festival hosts Sardinian’s most notable choral groups.