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Sardinia is an island completely absorbed in her religious and historical traditions. During the centuries she has been marked either by conquests, raids, army and enemy fleet incursions, or by natural disasters and long periods of drought. Nevertheless the population has always found solace in religious propitiatory rites to ask for the end of the adverse circumstances through prayer.

The most famous among these festivals is undoubtedly “Sant’Efisio” which takes place in Cagliari every 1 May and where all Sardinian communities participate presenting their traditional and folk costumes.

In Villasimius the most important festivals are “La Madonna del Naufrago”(The Madonna of the Shipwrecked), “Santa Maria” (St Mary) and “San Raffaele Arcangelo” (St Raphael Archangel).

The three feasts are characterised by dances in Sardinian traditional clothes, music and poetic compositions. It is a great moment, beyond the religious sentiment, to discover the enchanting details of the local culture.

The first of these festivals takes place in the middle of July with a suggestive procession in the sea to the “Isola dei Cavoli” (The Isle of the Cabbages) to put down a wreath of flowers at the foot of a big sunken statue. The work, which represents the Virgin with the Infant Jesus, is made of pink trachyte by the Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola. The statue is placed in the depths in front of the island and it is also visible from the surface just using a diving mask.

Santa Maria's festival occurs on the first week of September and, for the occasion, traditional groups from the near villages, “Launeddas” (typical Sardinian instrument) musicians and “Cantadores” (singers) meet here. It is also possible to admire the adorned trucks (the so called “Traccas”) and the knights in their traditional clothes that represent a deep link between religion, the land working and man’s job.

San Raffaele Arcangelo’s festival, the patron Saint of Villasimius that falls on 24 October, closes the long summer activities of the island with songs, dances and fireworks.

 
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