In the province of Ulassai, the typical mask is called “Su Maimulu” which represents the personification of the bear and his guardians.
In the province of Ottana, which holds one of the most notorious and fascinating festivities of Carnevale, they celebrate is celebrated with 3 unique masks: “Sos Boes”, the oxen, “Sos Merdùles” which holds the oxens’ reins and lastly “Sa Filonzana” which is an enigmatic feminine figure.
In the province of Cuglieri, the typical Carnevale mask is called “Sos Cotzulados” which name derives from the shells of the island with which these masks cover the body over the skins of goats and other animals.
Another province of Sardinia that celebrates Carnevale with unique mask is Sestu. They celebrate Carnevale with “S’Orku Foresu” which is a zoomorphic mask with long horns and wrapped in black or brown leather.
Aside from these unique masks, the Carnevale celebration in Sardinia is accompanied by many foods such as: fava beans with lard and fritters, local wine are also part of the festivities. If we are there to celebrate Carnevale, why not also enjoy the typical dishes of Sardinia, which is highly characterized by the island life and its culture.
Since pasta is one of the main dishes through Italy, there is no surprise that one of the main Sardinian dishes is with the typical Sardinian pasta called Malloreddus, this pasta is similar to gnocchi but instead of being prepared with potatoes Malloreddus are made with wheat semolina traditionally flavored with saffron. Another typical first dish of the region of Sardinia is the Fregula with tomato sauce and clams, where Fregula is a Sardinian pasta made from scratch and worked into small grains.
Sardinias dishes are created to keep in mind their territory, so it varies from “piatti di mare e terra”, or dishes of sea and land. For the “piatti di terra” lamb and goat are mostly used due to the type of terrain of Sardinia that favors these livestock. For the “piatti di mare” the Mediterranean Sea offers an abundant variety of fish and shellfish that are incorporated in many Sardinian’s dishes. Sardinia is known for dishes such as Garum, which is an ancient salsa prepared with fish in vinegar and honey, the Bottarga which is a Mediterranean delicacy of cured fish roe, and the “Spaghittus cun arrizzonis” in the Sardinian dialect, which is a dish with spaghetti and sea urcin.
If visiting during Carnevale or year round, Sardinia will always offer an incredible place to enjoy the unique and traditional island that it is.