The Carnival of Bosa is one of the most important events of the year, lived and participated by all the citizens known as CARRASEGARE OSINCU, it is a popular carnival where freedom of expression, fancy and imagination play a fundamental role. GIOLDZI “il RE GIORGIO” represented by a rag and straw puppet with a barrel for belly is the symbol of the Carnival victim. S’ATTITTADORA recites the funeral lamentations. The Bosa Carnival is in fact characterized by a representation in which the whole Bosa population takes part and lives with particular passion and love this annual festival that begins on Shrove Thursday and ends on Shrove Tuesday. It is lived as a collective rite, the references to an explicit sexual allegory is evident as well as the references to a pagan rituality at the moment of the re-enactment of death and rebirth from one’s own ashes at the end of the carnival represented by dressing in black and white.
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Holy Week is the week before Easter, when the rituals typical of the pre-Easter phase take place but in which all citizens participate, the procession is a moment of union between citizens in the Christian faith.
Feast of St. Anthony
The feast of Saint Anthony which takes place on 16th and 17th January starts the celebrations of the Bosa Carnival.
Feast of St. George
On 24th and 25th April is celebrated San Giorgio, on this occasion is often organized the beer festival very participated in the territory and the neighboring countries.
Feast of Saints Emilio and Priamo
Saints EMILIO and PRIAMO are the patron saints of the town, the feast takes place on May 28th and various events are planned in honour of the saints.
Feast of St. John the Baptist
The Feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated with a religious rite on June 24th, characterized by the horse race and Sardinian dances.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
The feast of Saints Peter and Paul includes a religious procession by boat which ends with the opening of the Romanesque cathedral of St. Peter (1062) extra muros together with the faithful. It takes place on June 29th (feast of St. Peter and Paul).
Santa Maria del Mare (S. MARIA STELLA MARIS)
The festival, which takes place on the first Sunday of August, is characterized by a regatta of boats at sea accompanying the statue of the Madonna S. MARIA STELLA MARIS from Bosa Marina to Bosa. On the same day it is then taken back to Bosa Marina and the outdoor mass is celebrated. It ends with dancing and singing and a dedicated festival.
The carnival generally returns on the second Sunday of August and wants to evoke the winter carnival as a sign of welcome. Masks and dances characterize the day until night.
Madonna of sos Regnos Altos
This event usually takes place on the second Sunday of September. It starts from the Church of Our Madonna of sos Regnos Altos, near the castle, from which the procession unfolds. It has its centrality in the old part of the city, the district of SA COSTA, where small altars dedicated to Our Lady are made by the citizens. Songs, Sardinian dances and moments of sharing local gastronomy frame the festival.
Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian
The country feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, takes place every year on September 26th, it takes place in the countryside with moments of shared outings and the country church of Saints Cosmas and Damian is opened, closed the rest of the year.