THE FESTIVAL OF SANT’EFISIO
hundreds of pilgrims gather to honour the Saint
Sardinia’s most important religious event.
Hundreds of pilgrims in procession wearing the traditional costumes of their home towns.
Decorated carts, dozens of riders, songs, sounds, colours framed by 300,000 spectators each year.
- WHEN AND WHERE
on the first of may, for over four centuries. A long procession through the streets of Cagliari
traccas, decorated bread and sweets, coloured traditional costumes, jewels, riders, and finally…the saint on a golden coach, surrounded by the believers and the sound of launeddas.
- ORIGINS OF THE EVENT
1646, the plague, a miracle of the Saint saves the town of Cagliari
- THE SAINT’S LIFE
he is born in Jerusalem in 250 A.D., and he was pagan; he was then converted to Christianism…
- POINTS OF INTEREST
There are three statues of the Saint, whose procession took place even under the WWII bombings.