A. La Marmora - Voyage in Sardaigne. Paris - Turin 1840 A. La Marmora - Voyage in Sardaigne. Paris - Turin 1840 A. La Marmora - Voyage in Sardaigne. Paris - Turin 1840

Apart from these exceptions, the traditional costumes are proudly worn by both old and young only on special occasions, such as the village festival. Every town, village and city has its own festival which is generally a festival in honour of the Patron Saint. It is impossible to list them all. These festivals occur mainly in the summer and are connected with the harvest. In a poor society like Sardinia which lived on sheep-breeding and agriculture, the long awaited moment to celebrate was when the land finally yielded its bounty, offering everybody a plentiful supply of food for at least a few days.

Woman   September was the other period of the year when festivals were celebrated. This was the month that started the agricultural year and the farmers and farmer workers hoped for good crops that would bring them prosperity. In the countryside propitiatory rites were celebrated. The people celebrated the beginning of the new working year and invoked God's help and protection in order that God would bestow sun and water, the two essential requirements for agriculture, on their fields. Many of these rites are still celebrated, especially in small towns and villages, and for the festival of the Patron Saint.
On this day, many people wear their traditional costume to go to church, to walk in religious processions or to meet together in the town or village square to brighten up the dances.

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