Today was yet another day of hard…..err….rest.
Today’s excuse for not working was the fact that today is the Festa di
Sant’Efisio or Saint Ephisius is the
patron saint of Cagliari.
On the 1st May Cagliari
celebrates Sant’Efisio by holding a procession through the town and a
hardy few make the four day pilgrimage to Nora and back with a statue of the
saint. Sant’Efisio was a roman and was dispatched to Italy to persecute
the Christians. One night he saw a vision of God, converted to Christianity and
defended the Christians on Sardinia. He was beheaded
in Nora in 303AD.
We were up bright and early and set off
into town to get a good spot for viewing the parade. The parade started with carts
pulled by oxen decorated with flowers, then people in national costume follow
on foot. There were quite a lot of carts and people in the parade, so after a
while we decided to leave. We heard from one hardy soul that there were then people
on horseback and finally the statue of the saint. The parade started at 10 am
and finished 4 hours later.
The carts decorated with flowers and petals strewn across the
oxen were rather large …..
….but well groomed
People in national costumes followed
After getting back to the boat and having an hour or so to
recover we went out to the “Fiera”. There is an event on at the exhibition
center behind the boat yard. It’s been on for a week already so we
thought we should go and see what all the noise is from. It turned out to be
the Sardinian equivalent to the “Ideal home exhibition” with a fun
fair. We also saw some traditional Sardinian dancing where the men dance while
balancing a glass of wine of their heads.
Dancing while balancing wine on your head…personally we
would drink it before the dancing starts