BIZARRE SARDINIA: CARNIVAL IN SARDINIA IS A 2000-YEAR-OLD-RITUAL
While in the Italian tradition and in many other parts of the world Carnival has always been an occasion for colorful parties, funny masks and joyful celebrations, Carnival in Sardinia is not an easy to understand event and it is deeply felt by Sardinian people in different ways.
Sardinian Carnival has its roots in ancient traditions that have been solemnly perpetuated for centuries and with its representation disclose the most unknown soul of the Sardinian people. The elegance of the costumes and the details of the masks makes the Sardinian Carnival a unique experience in the world. The island carnival season opens by the lighting of the bonfires dedicated to Sant’ Antonio. The season lasts till Ash Wednesday and celebrations are held on Shrove Tuesday and Last Thursday before Lent, however archaic and traditional rituals are celebrated during the whole Carnival week. Grotesque but solemn masks, archaic dances and songs characterize celebrations. Villages in the island deeply change: black and white become the colors of Carnival remembering the ancient origins of mysterious rituals and the representations orbits around the essential elements of death, water, earth and rebirth. People who take part in the Sardinian Carnival get involved in every celebration: actors and spectators are mixed up together.
Carnival is celebrated in Sardinia in different ways and locations but a leading and impressive role to the Carnival in Sardinia is given to the celebrations that are held in the deep inland of the island. Barbagia region impress the visitors with their spectral masks, rituals and characters bring the observer to another era. Carnival in Sardinia is also the Sartiglia and its spectacular equestrian exhibitions in the town of Oristano. The marvelous costumes evidently inspired to the Spanish traditions makes this horse tournament a unique show of incomparable historic value.
We know Sardinia is not a typical destination during winter months therefore we are proud to share with the yachting world one of the most authentic and mysterious sides of our continent island.