Sassari- The Discesca dei Candelieri (Descent of the Candlesticks): solemnity, authenticity and exhibition

August 14, 2017

The Faradda di li Candareri , the Descent of the Candlesticks, a dancing procession of large wooden columns, votive and symbolic candles, that advance along the town’s historical roads, from Piazza Castello, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, to the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem. In 2013, it was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. In mid-summer, you can combine relaxation on the splendid beaches in the northwestern part of the Island with a moment of ‘alternative’ culture that will allow you to discover the charm of Sardinian traditions. For five centuries, every year, the Faradda has been renewing the vow made to the Virgin Mary of the Assumption (Madonna Assunta). It originated in Pisa, at a time when Sassari was one of its colonies. The first celebrations date back to the 13th century, with the offering of candles to the Virgin Mary, in mid-August, by the town’s trade corporations. The first evidence documenting this goes back to 1504. Along with the traditional offering, the deeper value of the vow made to the Virgin Mary was added, the intercession of whom led to the end of an epidemic of the plague.

Ardia of Sedilo

July 06, 2017

The Ardia of Sedilo, a legendary event, timeless, the re-enactment of a famous battle.
Following an apparition, the young Emperor Constantine ordered his soldiers to write In hoc signo vinces (“in this sign thou shalt conquer”) onto their shields. Despite the fact that he was outnumbered, on 28 October, 312 AD, Constantine won the battle of Ponte Milva, defeating the pagans of the imposter Maxentius, who, with the support of the Senate, had proclaimed himself Emperor of Italy and Africa. A year later, in Milan, Constantine issued the edict that ended the persecution early Christians had been subject to. At Sedilo, a small town in the centre of Sardinia, the Roman emperor is known as santu Antine and is by far the island’s most venerated saint. Worship of him dates to Byzantine times and every year on the 6th and the 7th of July the emotional and mysterious s’Ardia is re-enacted.