A Traditional Spring Wedding
This past weekend I was invited to an ancient Sardinian wedding tradition held high up in the hills of Fiminaltu. Actors recreate one of the oldest wedding traditions to date with ox-drawn carts and a 90-minute procession down the windy mountainous roads to St. Antonio di Li Colti.
Traditionally the groom gets the pleasure of the ox-drawn cart while the women walk beside. Today however, times have changed and the women are quickly whisked away to the ‘women’s house’ in St. Antonio for their upcoming nuptials and the groom takes the 90-minute ride in the ox-cart, along with the procession of horses and guests.
Participants come from all over Northern Sardinia to take part in this day long wedding festival. Traditional costumes are donned by men and women; some costumes dating back one hundred years.
The church in St. Antonio is decorated with traditional wedding flowers and cloth. Young children dressed in their towns traditional costume wait patiently for the festivities to begin.
Traditional hand-woven baskets are put on display.
Local towns people busy themselves preparing the feast. Zuppa Gallurese is on the menu for this wedding feast. Zuppa Gallurese is made with sheep meat, slow cooked tomato sauce, flat bread, grated cheese and parsley.
Once the procession arrives at the church, traditional songs are carried out and the bride and groom are united as one.
I missed the wedding ceremony in the church as I hitched a ride back into town, it was a fabulous morning.
What ancient wedding traditions does your town have?