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Festivals and Customs

The succession of the seasons and the changing climate conditions many years ago, when the islanders subsisted mostly on livestock breeding and agriculture, determined the periods when the shepherds and farmers had to do less on the land and fields and had more time for their families.

Many of the religious feasts, especially those which are strongly characterised by pagan customs, take place during these periods. This is also true of the most popular feasts, such as the Sagra of the Holy Efisio in Cagliari, the Sartiglia in Oristano, the Candelieri in Sassari and perhaps the most peculiar of all feasts, the carnival in Barbagia with sometimes awe-inspiring disguises and wooden masks.

The Sardinians like to celebrate and a reason can always be found.