Feast days and events to allow you to immerse yourself in our popular traditions
Feast days and events
You can choose to spend a few days holidaying in Orosei at any time of year, but if you are unsure as to when to come, you can take a look at the calendar. You will find certain events that are really worth experiencing as if you were a part of our community.
On 16 January we celebrate the feast day of Saint Anthony. At the bottom of the Aragonese tower, the local youngsters build a base on which the wood required for the bonfire will then be placed. After mass, the bonfire is lit and the celebration gets under way with a glass of wine and local sweetmeats.
Easter (March or April)
During Holy Week, all of the churches in Orosei are decorated with flowers, palm trees and olive branches. A local speciality is prepared: nenneros, dishes on which grains of rice or seeds vegetables are grown in the dark to form light leaves of grass. This is the preparation of Sos Sepurcros, the Tombs. The churches remain open for the visit of the corfajos, the members of the brotherhoods, and of the population. There are two processing that bring the streets of the town to life on these days of prayer: Su Brossolu, Good Friday, a melancholy procession of the Mournful Virgin and of Christ on the Cross, and S'Incontru, Easter Sunday, when the resurrected Christ encounters Mary. The Song of Mary, sung by the local Su Concordu polyphonic choice, accompanies the joyful Sunday service.
The Feast of Saint Mary of the Sea is celebrated on the last Sunday in May. From the bridge over the River Cedrino, fishing boats drag the likeness of the Madonna to the Pisan church at the mouth of the river.
The feast day of the patron saint of Orosei is celebrated on 25 July. The Feast of St James the Apostle begins with a religious procession and continues into the evening with folk spectacles, games and fireworks.
The feast of the Our Lady of Good Remedies takes place on the second Sunday in September and last for a full 18 days. 87 cumbessias (little houses) are sited around the church. Around 100 families move into them to pray and celebrate the Virgin with meals and dancing. The shrine of the same name is located on the road along the River Cedrino and forms part, along with the Casa delle Donne Pintor di Galtellì, of the Grazia Deledda Literary Park; both are mentioned in Deledda's novel "Reeds in the Wind".
The shrine of Saint Lucy is located in the countryside where, both on 13 December and on the first Sunday after Easter, another feast beloved on the local people is held. To a backdrop of singing and music, sweets and jewels (called "the eyes of Saint Lucy" and actually opercula secreted by a mollusc) are offered to the statue of the saint.