With the anniversary in honor of Sant'Antonio Abate, between the night of 16 and 17 January, the Sardinian Carnival begins. "Sant 'Antoni' e Su Fogu" a ritual that repeats itself, between history, myths, sacred and profane, to give life to one of the most evocative festivals of the year.
Rite linked to the beginning of the agricultural year, according to the old tradition, the bonfire of Sant'Antonio is one of the oldest manifestations of popular religiosity, and has as its protagonist, not surprisingly, the Patron Saint of pastoralism and agriculture.
The wish for a good harvest is repeated in the squares of the villages of Sardinia, a large bonfire surrounded by many people, a ritual that coincides with the first outing of the masks of the Sardinian Carnival.
In the picture, a Boes wears his splendid Caratza, a carved pear wood mask that bears the characteristic Star of Fortune on its forehead.
Photo by @antonellafancello
Location: S. Nicola square - Ottana