Popular traditions and historical re-enactments represent an important testimony of the memory of a community. Reliving certain anniversaries, often between the sacred and the profane, also means getting to know better the identity of a territory .
Religion in Cagliari is deeply felt. The solemn procession of Sant’Efisio, held on May 1st to honour a vow made four centuries ago, involves the whole city and the faithful from throughout the island. The rites of Easter Week, culminating with the joyous and moving S’Incontru (The Meeting), take the old historic quarters back in time. In the museum of the Sanctuary of Bonaria dozens of ex voto paintings give thanks to the Virgin for her protection in times of danger, both on land and sea.
There are also festivals not linked to the religious calendar, such as the Fishermen’s Feast, held in September in the hamlet of Giorgino, where thousands of visitors are offered exquisite traditional fish dishes.