The Feast of St. Antonio
The feast of St. Antonio Abate, which is celebrated on January 17, opens the Carnival and trough the rite of the lighting of large bonfires perpetuates an ancient tradition that has its origin in the pagan agro-pastoral world. In ancient times these rites were celebrated to propitiate the arrival of the new season and the end of the cold. The Sardinian Carnival therefore represents a solution of continuity between past and present, highlighting the cultural identity of the communities who celebrate it.
The Carnival is one of the most awaited anniversary and is particularly felt by the population of Ottana, which, with its special masks “de Sos Merdules” animates the village for three days, as well as in Gavoi and Mamoiada with the exit of the “Mamuthones“(another tipical mask), in Orotelli with the “Thurpos”, in Alghero, in Oristano with the spectacular riding challenge of the “Sartiglia”.
And around these bonfires are eated, as tradition has it, some typical food specialties: sas savadas (see post), sas gazzas, sa pasta violada, sas origliettas, and also, sas culurzones (see post), pane carasau bread (see post 1 & 2) with sausages, cheese and local wine.
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