Carnival 2017 in Mamoiada, Sardinia: the ancient Mamuthones and Issohadores

  • Published: 24-01-2017
  • Category: Events

Carnival 2017 in Sardinia: Mamoiada

Carnival is the time for colours, lights and fun. In Mamoiada, it is also time for one of the oldest traditions of Sardinia. A tradition that will be repeated this year: in fact, on February 26th, 27th and 28th, 2017, will take place the famous Carnival of Mamoiada.

 

The parade of Mamuthones and Issohadores

You will be part of the most important moment of the Carnival of Mamoiada. There are 12 Mamuthones (one of the oldest Sardinian masks: black mask, black fur, bells on the back and chest) and eight Issohadores (white masks and white pants, red waistcoat and Sa Berritta, a black hat).

Issohadores guide Mamuthones as if they were a sort of herd along the streets and the squares of Mamoiada. Mamuthones walk and ring the cowbells. In a sort of ancient ritual.

 

A region to discover

The parade of Mamuthones Issohadores if a proof that Mamoiada is one of the places where the Sardinian traditions are still alive. This town is located in a territory to discover:

  • Near Mamoiada there’s the Gennargentu massif, a great idea for trekking.
  • The area around Mamoiada is dotted with grazing lands and oak woods.
  • In addition to this, Mamoiada is one of the stages of a very peculiar itinerary: the one to taste the best Cannonau.

 

How to get there

Mamoiada is a lovely town that is located in the heart of Sardinia.

  • The main nearby tourist port is Arbatax.
  • From Arbatax, take the state highway 389var towards Nuoro and follow the road signs to Mamoiada. The journey by car takes about half an hour.

 

Further information

For further information about the 2017 edition of the Carnival of Mamoiada, you can visit comune di Mamoiada official website, Comune.mamoiada.nu.it.

 

Image source: Flickr.com/photos/citizendick

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