Every year on 1st May, the streets of Cagliari come alive with the largest and most colourful religious procession in the world. It is the Festival of Sant' Efisio and it has taken place here every year since 1656.
Efisio was a Roman officer sent to Sardinia by the Emperor Diocleziano to suppress christianity on the Island. However, during his time there, Efisio had an epiphany and rather than carrying out his orders, became a follower himself. When asked to renounce his new religion, he refused and was sentenced to death.
He was initially imprisoned in Cagliari, and then moved secretly to a location on the coast for his execution, away from his many supporters. In the year 303 he was beheaded by a Roman soldier on the beach at Nora.
A church was dedicated to him in Cagliari on the site where he was imprisoned and another at the place of his martyrdom. In 1652, Sardinia was afflicted by a plague that killed half of the inhabitants of Cagliari.
The population turned to their saint, Efisio di Elia, to save them. The authorities, in recognition of the tide of popular feeling, made an announcement that if the plague was halted by Saint Efisio, then the people would carry his statue in a procession from the church in Cagliari to the one in Nora, every year, for ever.
The plague disappeared, and the people of Cagliari have kept their promise, every year, ever since. Initially combined with the spring harvest festival, and involving a few local people, the procession has grown into a huge, colourful affair, involving thousands of people from all over Sardinia, taking part dressed in their national costumes.
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Easter celebrations in Cagliari
Parade of Dead Christ, which is very evocative and takes place the Holy Friday in late afternoon. It is one of the most important rites of the Holy Week of Cagliari.
The night parade, by candlelight, has a Spanish origin (and Catholic too). It starts from Saint John the Baptist Church and, through the picturesque districts of Villanova and Castello, snakes it's way to the Cathedral. It is organized by the old Solitude Brotherhood who incorparate original, old costumes and massed choirs, which belong to a rich, orally handed down tradition.
The rite of S'Iscravamentu (the Sacrament) takes place in the little church of the Holy Crucified. It represents the Deposition from the Crown of Christ, which is carried in the parade.
At Easter three ceremonies of the S'Incontru (the meeting) take place in the neighborhood districts of Stampace, Villanova and Marina. S'Incontru represents the meeting between the Risen Christ and the Virgin Mary with two parades, one mainly followed by men, the other by women.
They both follow the respective statues of Christ and of the Virgin Mary, in parade, and each follows a completely different route from the other. At the end, they meet amid music and dancing.
The Romanesco Artichoke Festival of Ladispoli near Rome was first celebrated in 1951 and is now held during the second week of April.
The festival was initiated to help popularize this bulbous vegetable (long recognized for its aphrodisiac properties) that is proudly cultivated in this Roman town on the Tyrrhenian Sea (it's an hour north of Rome, nestled between the Torfa Mountains and Lake Bracciano.
The town is a slightly sleepy seaside resort boasting black volcanic sands and Etruscan remains, and there is nothing too sophisticated about the event. We are, after all, talking artichokes here.
Nevertheless, each year sees a program which includes a conference on the economics and cultivation of the artichoke, a cooking contest for the best artichoke-based recipe, athletic races, and musical bands that come from all over Italy.
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Carnival still remains popular in Italy although the infiltration of modern icons and influences from abroad, such as comic book cartoon heroes, has meant that many historical masks of the past are seen less and less.
However, there are those which are so popular that the tradition of wearing them will surely remain with us for many years to come. From North to South, every region of Italy has its own representative mask.
They have been drawn from the main characters in the 'commedia dell'arte' from the 1500's until the literary comedies of the 1700's. They survived as puppet characters and return each year during Carnival.
Below we highlight 16 such characters and follow the links to see images related to each.
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The U Fistinu of Saint Rosalia is one of the most famous and popular festivals in Sicily.
The birth of the first Festino of Saint Rosalia was in the year 1624 on Pellegrino mountain, when the Saint appeared in a vision to a hunter from Palermo.
She told him where her body (that had disappeared upon her death) was buried. When the hunter returned to the city (where a terrible plague was decimating the population), he informed everyone about the appearance.
They went to the mountain, dug in the exact place she had specified to the hunter and found the body of the Saint!
At that moment the terrible infection disappeared and the miracle was taken as a telltale sign to celebrate her as the Patron Saint of the city from that time forth.
Saint Rosalia, in the following years, reached rock star status of popularity even though some claim that the bones of the Saint (that are protected in the sanctuary at the top of Monte Pellegrino) are actually those of a goat.
this gnocchi recipe is made especially in Liguria and Tuscan border like Val di Vara and Lunigiana. That's way you have pesto sauce and chestnut flavor. It is perfect for autumn and winter meals.
for the potatoes dough: 700 gr. of potatoes, 100 gr. of white flour, 100 gr. of chestnut flour, 1 egg, a pinch of salt
for the pesto sauce: basil, 40 gr of pecorino cheese, 40 gr of parmesan cheese, 100 gr. of olive oil, pine-nuts, garlic, pich of salt.
Boil and mush the potaotes with the skin. Let it cool a bit and add slowly the two different flours, add the egg and knead the dough. Make first some little cords and then cut them into small pieces of 2 cm for having the gnocchi shape. Put the gnocchi in a floured tray. Cook the gnocchi in water with salt. as they come to the surface collect them and drizzle with pesto sauce obtained by mixing the basil with the other ingredients.
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