Festivals and Traditions
- February. Carnival is celebrated all over the island. In Oristano the “Sartiglia” (last Sunday of Carnival and Shrove Tuesday with equestrian competition). In Mamoiada, the “Issokadores” and “Mamothones”. In Ottana, the “Boes” bovine-looking masks and the “Merdules” covered in sheepskin with wooden masks.
- April. In Tortolì, “S’incontru” the procession that commemorates the encounter between the risen Jesus and the Madonna. On Easter day two processions start from the church of S. Andrea at different times and with different paths, to rejoin at the end of the procession rejoin in the same Church.
- May. Sagra di Sant’Efisio in Talana where the committee offers the participants some typical products and good wine.
- June. The most important religious festival is the “Corpus Domini”, celebrated with processions and religious events in Desulo and Fonni.
- July. One of the most evocative and ancient festivals is “L’ardia” in Sedilo in honor of St. Constantine, called “Santu Antine”. Ardia consists of a wild horse race on a bumpy path. In Arbatax, the second week of July is celebrated “Stella Maris”, protector of fishermen, with a suggestive procession to the sea and fireworks.
- September. “Sa Binenna” (the grape harvest) takes place at the Hotel, where you can enjoy this traditional experience experience learning the ancient secrets of harvesting, the grape pressing and the birth of the fine house wine.
- October. Arzana hosts the most important Ogliastra food and wine event, “Il Porcino d’Oro”. The best regional and national chefs offer their delicious and typical dishes.
- November – December. In Orgosolo the festival of Santa Lucia, revives the customs of “San Candelaria”.