There are two Sardinian Festivals you shouldn’t miss. Both of them rely heavily on horses. L’Ardia di San Costantino turns a man grateful for the grace of God in his life into Constantine, a saint in Sardinia, where he and his two flag bearers take on all comers in a daring and dangerous route on dirt roads around a Sanctuary devoted to Constantine.
Then there is Sa Sartiglia, which I attended earlier this year. If you go and see everything, you’ll be drained. From the one-hour dressing of the leader, Su Componidori, to to parade, to the competition in which riders at full gallop try to skewer a star with a lance, and then to another parade, and then, as the sun sets, a stunning display of horsemanship takes place with riders doing things on the backs of horses you never would think possible, called the race of ‘pariglie’.
And yes, congratulatory kisses happen even to masked men.
In any case, I was reminded of Sartiglia when Antonio Sanna friended me on Facebook and told me of his films.
One of them, Aspettando La sartiglia, is all about dreaming and waiting for the spring event, with some of the things we’ve been talking about. You should watch:
And he gave me the link to some of the television coverage of Sartiglia
And below is my video of Sartiglia, starting at the dressing of Su Componidori:
The reason I’m bringing this up is that if you want to see this amazing spectacle, you’ll need to start planning now. The dates should be in February, but they haven’t been set yet, so check with the foundation linked below.
The Foundation of Sa Sartiglia website has a lot of information on the festivities.