The folklore of Sardinia has a large number of traditions waiting to be discovered. Each town has its own specific traditions; from costumes to food (like sweets, cured sausages, cheeses), dialect and idioms. It is wonderfully engaging to participate in village festivals, plunging into the atmosphere of the people between the colours, the singing and the scents of the party.
All the tourists and guests are given a friendly and very generous welcoming with the motto of all countries: “the guest is sacred”.
Every town has its costumes. Rich in colour and embroidery, lace and jewels, it is wrong to call them mere costumes, and once seen up close you understand that they are real works of art which represent a key element of our folklore. The woman’s dresses are certainly the most fascinating and every woman in the town has her own, guarded as a most precious belonging. Each town also has its own cappella choir that performs sacred and archaic songs in accordance with the local traditions. During the local festivals the various choirs of the towns perform in ancient churches and public squares among the townspeople, maintaining an age-old identity.
Together with the choirs, during festivals Sardinian dance groups garbed in their traditional costumes will perform in the streets. Accompanied by accordion, guitar and button accordion players, the dancers perform spins and intricate choreography involving the audience around them.
In this video you can see some pictures of women with traditional sardinian costumes.
The folk festivals and celebrations are numerous and throughout the autumn we find the “Autumn in Barbagia” exhibition. Every week in turns, one or two heartland towns will display their traditions with local home-made products and artisans opening their workshops and working on the streets to show-off ancient trades such as blacksmithing, carpentry, and copper-smithing; while women prepare fresh pasta and typical bread to offer guests. There is also no shortage of locally produced wines and shepherd’s cheeses.
The rites of the Holy Week are probably amongst the most suggested occasions.
Depending on when Easter Sunday falls, the week that precedes it may be in March or April (in 2017 ranging from Monday April 10th to Easter Sunday on April 16th).
Through the ancient streets of the historic city centers we can see and follow the processions that represent the Stations of the Cross and, accompanied by folk tenor groups, the porters carrying the statues to the most important churches; from the deposition of the statue of Christ from the cross to his resting place in the last church. It is a historic rite that is very old and which every year attracts many tourists excited about the strong mystical involvement.
We live for a day with the shepherds and discover the wonders of an ancient natural world. The feast of the fleecing of sheep in June, the making of cheese and ricotta with old tools in copper and iron as per tradition, cooking the countryside delicacies and eating together are life experiences that we all should try. We go thus on the discovery of a pristine natural life, made of ancient cultures a thousand miles away from modern stresses and the suffocating everyday life of the city.
Bread Making Class
Making bread at home is a very ancient tradition of Sardinian folklore. From big loaves to pintau bread (bread that is carved and decorated), from soft flatbread to crispy Carasau bread and many more types, making bread at home was an important time for women to meet, with the eldest teaching and the younger women learning.
You can step into this ancient tradition by participating in a pintau bread class, the bread that is typical for festivities that is carved by hand and decorated with roses, flowers and little angels as if it were work of art made of fine ceramic. The master class is held by a young teacher of this wonderful culinary craft.