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Throughout the island and throughout the year there are numerous festivals which provide a good opportunity to experience old Sardinian traditions, see local costumes and handicrafts, hear folk music and taste local products.

JANUARY

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
6EpiphanySanluri (CA)
end of the monthSea urchin FestivalAlghero (SS)
16 - 17S.Antonio Abate CelebrationsAll over the Island
16 - 17S.Antonio Abate Celebrations (masquerade parade of mamuthones,12 frightening masks representing the months of the year)Mamoiada (NU)

FEBRUARY

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
beginning of the monthSea urchin FestivalPortoscuso (CA)
the last Sunday of CarnivalSa Sartiglia (equestrian tournament)Oristano
Shrove TuesdayCarnival Parade (procession of carts, burning of Re Giorgio) Tempio (SS)
throughout FebruaryCarnival ParadesThroughout the Island

MARCH/ APRIL

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
Sunday (Easter period)Citrus FestivalMuravera (CA)
Easter weekendTorrone FestivalTonara (NU)
Holy weekPassion and Holy Week ritesThroughout the Island
Good FridayReligious ProcessionsOristano, Sassari and Cagliari
Holy Tuesday - Holy Thursday - Good Friday - Easter SundayEvocative rituals of Spanish originAlghero (SS)
Easter Sunday"S'Incontru" (The symbolic representation of the meeting between the Virgin Mary and the risen Christ)Oliena, Orosei (NU)
Holy MondayProcession in the old part of the townCastelsardo (SS)

MAY

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
1Sant'Efisio Festival (hundreds of celebrants come from all over the island wearing their local costumes, walking, on horseback, in carts and carriages, to fulfill a Vow made to the Saint three centuries ago)Cagliari
1 - 10"S. Francesco" Feast (Rural folk festival, traditional food, horse parade)Lula (NU)
the first Sunday"Nostra Signora di Valverde" Feast Alghero (SS)
the first decadeStrawberry FestivalArborea (OR)
end of the monthCous cous FestivalCarloforte (S.Pietro Island)
Ascension dayCavalcata Sarda (Parade of local Sardinian costumes from all over the Island)Sassari
26"S. Mauro" Feast (Rural folk festival with music, sports, games) Sorgono (NU)

JUNE

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
the first Sunday"Santa Caterina" Feast (Procession with typical costumes, and some agricultural carts pulled by oxen)Orroli (NU)
the first Sunday"Madonna dei Martiri" Feast (Poetic competitions in Sardinian language)Fonni (NU)
first days of the monthTuna FestivalCarloforte (San Pietro island)
first decadeCherry FestivalVillacidro (CA)

JULY

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
first decade"S'Ardia" wild reckless horse race around the Sanctuary of "Santu Antine" to honour San CostantinoSedilo (OR)
second decade"Sciampitta" (international exhibition of folk traditions) Quartu S.Elena (CA)

AUGUST

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
first weekendWine Festival (typical products and the famous Jerzu Cannonau wine) Jerzu (CA)
14"La Faradda di li Candareri" (a procession of 30-foot wooden candle-sticks (candelieri) bedecked with flowers, ribbons, banners and bows carried by the "Gremi" (the old craft guilds) through the old town up to S. Maria di Betlem Church to fulfil a Vow to the Virgin Mary)Sassari
29SS. Redentore (Traditional costumes, horses, decorated carts, handicrafts, folk traditions. There is also a tenor competition featuring ancient traditional Sardinian songs) Nuoro

SEPTEMBER

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
first SundayS. Salvatore - "Race of the Saracens" (a group of 800 barefooted young men, wearing short white tunics, run for 12 Km holding the statue of the Saint re-enacting the long fight against the Saracens)Cabras (OR)

OCTOBER

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
Last Sunday of the monthChestnut Festival (costume parade, shows, food and wine tasting)Aritzo (NU)

NOVEMBER

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
second decade"Madonna dello Schiavo" Feast Carloforte (S.Antioco Island)
21"Nostra Signora delle Grazie6quot; Feast (religious procession with votive candles, costume parade and songs)Nuoro

DECEMBER

DATEDESCRIZIONELOCATION
31New Year's Eve (street artists, concerts, fireworks)Alghero (SS)

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