The Tempio Pausania Carnival 0 Comments

The Tempio Pausania Carnival

The Carnival of Tempio Pausania (in the dialect of Gallura "Carrasciali Timpiesu") is the most important allegorical Carnival of Sardinia. Both in Tempio, and in general in Gallura, carnival has ancient origins. The character of GIORGIO, legendary King of the Carrasciali Timpiesu, dates back to pre-Roman times, because the Earth Divinity that produced fruit was called GIORGI. The parade of allegorical chariots dates back to the 1960s. And ancient meets the new making the Tempio carnival unique in its kind, which counts every year one hundred thousand presences. It lasts six days and is held on fat Thursday parades, on Sundays, on Mondays (children's parade) and finally on Mardi Gras.

The traditional masks take part in the parade: lu Traicogghju, the spirit that, with great noise, drags ox or horse skins with chains and cauldrons, the Réula, macabre host of the dead, and lu Linzolu cupaltatu, perhaps the most popular mask: women (sometimes men too) wear a sheet that completely enveloping body and face.

Flag wavers and majorettes also participate to the parade.

His Majesty King Giorgio (in the past "Ghjogliu Puntogliu") closes the parade. He portrays the power on the throne, concluding on Shrove Tuesday the festivities after trial and burned at the stake in the town square.

During Lu palu di la frisgiola, an equestrian carousel of ancient origin, the knights must show their skill on horseback by grasping a crumpet (frisgiola) placed high away.

"A carrasciali, dugna burrula si 'ali". At carnival, every joke is tolerable.


written by Daniela Toti


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