Festival of S. EFISIO
It begins on the 1st of May in Cagliari. This festival takes place every
year since 1657. The parade of the groups leaves from Curdle and arrives at
Nora (about 35 Km from Curdle). It is one of the most significant festivals
of the island, dedicated to the warlike martyr that inhabitants were upset
to implore in case of the terrible effects of an epidemic of plague or of
the pirates' invasion in 1655. A solemn procession with the image of the
saint leaves from the district of Sampace to finish in the small church
dedicated to the saint of Nora. In this village in fact saints were martyred
in the IV century A. C. Women and men of the confraternity come in front of
the statue in the church early in the morning, dressed with precious
brockets; the statue is put on a cart drawn by oxen. The procession goes
along the streets of the whole village and concludes at the church of San
Giorgino. The Knights of Campidano are in saddle of their horses decorated
with flowers; the whole march is rich in traditions of the whole island.
After the stop at San Giorgino the procession continues to Nora, stopping
for the night at Sarroch. The 4th May, early in the morning, the procession
begins its long return that ends in Cagliari, welcomed by thousands of
It takes place in February in Oristano: an ancient equestrian joust with Spanish origins.
It is a horseriding, but above all a religious festival that takes place
from 5th to 7th july at Sedilo in the homonymous Sanctuary in honour of San
Costantino. The origin of this competition goes back to the Nuraghic period.
It takes place every next-to-last Sunday of May in Sassari; a parade in
honour of the sovereigns in visit to Sardinia.
It develops in Sassari on the 14th of August. Several groups of citizens go
through the historical centre transporting high linear columns.
It is the most important religious festival of Nuoro; it takes place every
29th August from 1901 on the Ortobene Mountain.
It takes place the last sunday of October at Aritzo (NU).