Easter in Cagliari: tradition and well-being
Easter in Cagliari is one of the most heartfelt holidays: vacationing here is the perfect chance to experience ancient rituals and enjoy precious moments of well-being and relaxation.
Sardinia and Cagliari are the ideal destinations to rediscover ancient Easter rites and attend full of charming engaging events.
Not surprisingly, here Easter takes the name of “Sa Pasca Manna“, or the “Great Easter”, the most significant holiday of the island, even more, important than Christmas, called instead “Sa Paschiscedda“, “Small Easter”.
Archaic customs that have their roots in the Nuragic era, traditions dating back to the Middle Ages and influences from the Spanish domination: everything contributes to making Easter in Cagliari and Sardinia a unique and unmistakable festival that unfolds through the streets and squares and is also found in old family habits.
Choosing the Sardinian capital for the Easter holidays will allow you to attend heartfelt religious rites and processions by the ancient Confraternities linked to the historic city districts.
Holy Week begins on the Friday before Palm Sunday with the procession Is Misterious organised by the Confraternity of the Holy Crucifix: seven wooden simulacra, made in the eighteenth century by the sculptor Giuseppe Antonio Lonis of Senorbì, each visit one of the seven churches in the historic centre, accompanied by a choral song of four voices.
On Holy Tuesday, instead, the procession of the Mysteries of Stampace takes place in which the simulacra, always by Lonis, are led in a procession starting from the church of San Michele in via Azuni stopping in seven churches including the Cathedral.
On Holy Wednesday the ritual of the Vestment takes place when the sisters of the Holy Crucifix dress in mourning attire the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Holy Thursday is then the time of the representation of the Passion of Christ followed by one of the most rooted and widespread traditions, Su Nènniri, a small jar in which, at the beginning of Lent, women plant some grains of wheat.
They cover it with cotton wool and place it in the dark, watering it regularly: after a while, the white germs sprout due to the absence of light.
At the end of the representation of Holy Thursday, they take it to the church for the blessing and then use it to decorate the table for the easter feast or give it to relatives and friends. Once dried, it will finally be burned.
It is a custom that refers to the cult of the Greek god Adonis, linked to the cycle of the seasons, and before that to Tammuz, Mesopotamian divinity.
Also on Thursday, the statue of the patron Saint Efisio, dressed in mourning with a black plume, goes in procession around the Seven Churches.
On Good Friday, Easter celebrations’ main event takes place, with the procession of Christ followed by Our Lady of Sorrows: the procession proposes a precise ritual with the accompaniment of traditional songs and the sound of drums to emphasise its solemnity.
On Holy Saturday there is instead “Su Scarvamanetu”, the deposition of Dead Christ who, on a litter of veils and lace, is accompanied in the afternoon at the Church of San Giovanni.
Finally, on Easter Sunday here is the happiest moment of Holy Week: “S’Incontru” when the processions with the simulacra of Christ and Our Lady are reunited coming from opposite directions in a solemn moment: with a triple bow they greet each other with applause, flank each other and enter the church for the Mass.
An Easter full of well-being in Cagliari: Palazzo Doglio’s offer
To better enjoy the Easter holidays in Cagliari and enjoy as well precious moments of well-being and relaxation, the splendid setting of Palazzo Doglio, an elegant resort in the heart of the city, awaits you.
For the occasion, Palazzo Doglio offers a special package that includes:
- Welcome drink
- 1 entrance to the wellness program
- 10% discount on Spa treatments at Doglio Club
- 10% discount at Osteria del Forte restaurant
- Easter Cake
Price: from €370* in Deluxe Room
*EARLY EASTER promotional price starting from €296 (20% discount) for bookings made before 28.02
- Rates in Euro, per room, per night, in double occupancy
- VAT included
- Package not compatible with other offers and promotions
- Valid from 7 to 10 April 2023
Would you like to experience Easter in Cagliari and spend a holiday full of charm and elegance? Book a stay at Palazzo Doglio in Cagliari