The Descent of the Candle Bearers | I Candelieri 2012

Sassari – August 14th, 2012 – The 2nd largest festival in Sardinia owes its name to the large ‘candlesticks’ which men parade though-out town for a six-hour parade of strength, endurance, song and dance.

I Candelieri was born around 1500, a vow to the Virgin Mary; and to give thanks to the survival of three plagues during the 1600’s, which killed thousands of people on the island of Sardinia.

I Candelieri – The Descent of the Candle Bearers is a festival which embodies the spirit and traditions of Sassari. Its origins date back to the Middle Ages, when Sassari, under Pisan domination, adopted a modified version of the Pisan tradition of an offering, similar to a large wooden wax-covered altarpiece to the Madonna on the eve of the Assumption.

10 candlesticks with 8 men per candle parade throughout the town to the beat of drums, clapping and chanting in local dialect. The last stop, at midnight, is St. Rosario’s Church where every Candelieri receives a midnight blessing from the church.

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Festa della Trinita | June 1st-4th, 2012 | Sardinia, Italy

A celebration in honour of the church Santissima Trinità dei Monti, in central Italy. The late renaissance church dominates the Italian sky above the picturesque Spanish Steps.

This festival generally takes place at the end of May and beginning of June, yearly.  With festivities held in most Italian towns, cities and mountains!

This spectacular four-day festival is in Trinita D’Agultu, Sardinia, Italy and is a must see! During the evening hours the streets are filled with local vendors selling their traditional Sardinian wares: items made of cork, local hand crafted jewelry, textiles, delicious Sardinian sweets and so much more!

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Top 10 Fantastic Festivals & Events in Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is a smorgasbord of colourful annual festivals that are held high in the mountains or close to the sea. Sardinia will not disappoint those looking for tradition, culture, energy and fantastic feasts.

Sardinia is yours to discover, on your own time and by your own two feet. Just try it and you will see.

Follow me on my voyage to discover and share Sardinia’s most imporant festivals.

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63rd Cavalcata Sarda | Sardinia, Italy

One hundred and thirteen years have passed since the first Cavalcata Sarda took place to honor King Umberto 1 and Queen Margherita, who made a visit to Sardegna in 1899. This colourful folk festival is held on the second-last Sunday of May, every year.

For close to an hour traditional costumes from various towns all over Sardinia paraded their wares for the world to see. It was a beautiful display of colour and music. It was also the first year in over ten years that the procession part of the Cavalcata Sarda was cancelled due to weather.

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Festa di San Simplicio | Palio della Stella

The festival of San Simplicio is an annual event held in Olbia, Italy. Attracting thousands of tourists and locals alike. The festival is in honour of the Patron Saint, San Simplicio and is one of the most important religious festivals in Sardinia.

Festa di San Simplicio – May 10th-15th 2012

Spectacular performances on horseback are the norm of this tournament. This is defiantly a tournament of speed, agility, strength and courage.

Palio della Stella – A must-see event in Sardinia, Italy.

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10 Remarkable Reasons to Visit Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is another thing. Much wider, much more ordinary, not up-and-down at all, but running away into the distance. Unremarkable ridges of moor-like hills running away, perhaps to a bunch of dramatic peaks on the southwest. This gives a sense of space … lovely space about one, and traveling distances-nothing finished, nothing final. It is like liberty itself … ” D.H. Lawrence. Sea and Sardinia. 1921.

10 Remarkable Reasons to Visit Sardinia, Italy

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Carrasciali Trinitaiesu | Carnevale Trinita 2012

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Last night marked the end of Carnival. The crowds came out in numbers to watch the floats and dancers go by. The atmosphere hung steams of happiness and moments of crisis’ momentarily forgotten. Carrasciali Trinitaiesu Devils, hippies and fairies oh … Continue reading

Carrasciali Trinitaiesu | Carnival in Sardinia

All around the world people are gearing up for the biggest party on the planet – Carnival. It’s already started here, in Sardinia, Italy. Last night kicked off the beginning of Carrasciali Trinitaiesu.

The 2000 locals finally free from winters wrath, dusted off their masks, put finishing touches on floats and cars, filled up thermos’ of wine, beer and liquor and they hit the streets for Carrasciali Trinitaiesu 2012.

Finally blessed with beautiful warm sunshine which brought out smiles and laughter from young and old alike. The techno beats kept the kids moving and the bootleg Sardinian red helped the adults forget winters harsh cold.

Fairies, berries and confetti too.

Are you celebrating Carnival? What are your customs?

Video – Carnival Tempio Pausania 2011

Carnival Tempio Pausania 2011. Parade for the kids, this is judging time and dance time!

Carnival Tempio Pausania Event Listings 2012

Welcome to Carnival Tempio Pausania, Sardinia, Italy

Below you will find the three major parade dates and time listings for major events.
Main events are held on February 16, 19 and 21.

Thursday, February 16

  • 12pm – King Giorgio makes his grand entrance into the city of Tempio Pausania – Via Matteotti.
  • 3:30pm – The grand parade of floats, dance troupes, flag throwers and musicians begins.
  • 7pm – In Piazza Gallura. The engagement dinner honouring King Giorgio and Mannena is celebrated with organized caterers from Tempio Pausania.
  • 9:30pm – Live music.

Sunday, February 19

  • 12pm – Corso Matteotti – King Giorgio’s bride Mannena enters the city.
  • 3:30pm – The grand parade of floats, music and majorettes begins. During the parade King Giorgio and Mannena are married by the Mayor of Tempio Pausania.
  • 7pm – Piazza Gallura – pre-judging of the floats is carried out, set against live music until 9:30pm.

Tuesday, February 21

  • 3:30pm – The finale grand parade begins with music, dance troupes, majorettes, flag throwers. Final judging on floats and dance troupes are done throughout the parade. Winners are announced at the end.
  • 7pm – Largo XXV Aprile – Grand finale of Carnival Tempio Pausania with fireworks and music.
  • 10pm – Final salute to Carnival with live music.

For a complete line-up of events in Tempio Pausania please visit Carrasciali Timpiesu.