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Sardinia in February: It's Carnival Time!

Ancient religious rites and auspicious ceremonies


Despite the uncertain weather and the routes with curves towards the center of the island, Carnival is a great time to visit Sardinia in February.

The most striking facets of Sardinian Carnival are surely the ancient traditions, the rites that have been rigorously perpetuated for centuries, the elegance of the costumes and the details of typical masks.

Carnival is in Italy a Christian holiday, but also a popular cultural phenomenon which dates back thousands of years from pagan spring and fertility rites. The Carnival representations which take place in Sardinia pivots around the essential elements of death, water, earth and rebirth. The official events are also the result of a big plan that begins months before February and involve the whole town. As a matter of fact, the Sardinian Carnival is not only a Christian holiday, but it is also an exciting, moving, full of passion and fun event, of course!

In Sardinia there are many "Carnivals" because each town and village has its rituals, events, parades and parties. Nuoro and Oristano host the most famous ones , drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year.
The Carnival starts almost everywhere in Sardinia the day of Sant’Antonio ( January 15/17) while the last public festivity is on Mardi Gras, on the day before the religious season of Lent begins.

So… How to pick the Sardinian Carnival to attend?
Let you inspired by this photo gallery which collects the most famous, mysterious and fascinating typical masks.



Photo Credits: Maschere Sarde - Federico Serra


Sardinia Events February 2014
For specific scheduled events, contact the local tourism offices and visited the official site Sardegna Grandi Eventi 

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Antica Dimora del Gruccione
Corte Fiorita
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Hotel Su Gologone


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