Easter holidays in Sardinia: the colors of Costa Smeralda and the charm of the popular traditions

The Holy Week in Sardinia is a unique and emotional experience. Ancient tradition and local customs melts together  giving life to rites, processions and touching chants.

The celebrations start one week before  Easter day and the most emotive moments are certainly S’ Iscravamentu” the rite for the deposition from the cross and that take place on the late evening of Good Friday and “S’incontru”  on the Easter Sunday, the procession for the encounter between Jesus Christ and Mary’s statues.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Confraternities play a particularly important role in these sacral moments as they manage all the holy representations and parade wearing traditional costumes, singing religious songs in sardinian language or latin creating a evocative atmosphere which date back to the Middle age.

On the sardinian tables, the flavor of old recipes are served: the  “Coccoi cun s’ou – homemade bread decorated and filled with the classic eggs, thanks to genuine local ingredients suggests the spirit of Easter at its best.

One of the most loved Sardinian specialty are the Formagelle, or depending from the area,  Pardulas or also Casadinas : a crisp pastry basket stuffed with soft ricotta cheese.

Every town has its own recipe, sometimes there is a touch of saffron, raisins or many others simple ingredients.

During this period of the year, Sardinia, this mysterious land, shows its ancient face made of rural deeply roots and traditions, special recipes handed down from mother to daughter while the Nature all around borns again, in perfect harmony with  the spirit of resurrection of this holy fest.

 

Coccoi formaggelle Coccoi cun s'ou

 

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