Events in Alghero

cap d'any l'alguer 2020

Cap d’Any a l’Alguer 2020 | New Year celebration in Alghero

The Cap d’Any a l’Alguer New Year celebration in Alghero, Sardinia is one of the most anticipated events on the island’s calendar. “Cap d’Any a l’Alguer” means ‘New Year’s in Alghero’ in Catalan language.
The Cap d’Any a l’Alguer New Year celebrations take place throughout the squares and streets of the seaside town of Alghero.

An annual event, the Cap d’Any a l’Alguer is in its 24th year. It forms part of a festival that started on 8 December and runs to Epiphany on 6 January 2013. The festival features wine and traditional Sardinian food tastings, street artists, theatre, dance, exhibitions, children’s entertainment, street markets, and art installations. Many local bars and restaurants put on music events, including folk singers, live jazz and DJ nights.

On New Year’s Eve, festivities kick off at the port and along Lungomare Barcellona. There is a firework display to music at midnight, followed by a concert that continues into the early hours. Celebrations continue all night long in Alghero’s old town.

The Rites of the Holy Week at Alghero

For those who want to get as close as possible to the traditions of Alghero, Holy Week affords the perfect opportunity to discover the devotion with which this city keeps its origins alive. The Algherese religious tradition is most obviously akin to the Catalan tradition in terms of their shared Easter rituals.

Throughout Holy Week, the city celebrates the mysteries relating to the cult of the Passion. In the alleyways of the historical centre, illuminated by the soft red light of the candles (the so-called farols), you will witness the ceremonies of Alghero’s Setmana Santa (Holy Week), which for centuries have seen the faithful prepare for the re-evocation of the crucifixion.

On the Thursday night, you can enter into the drama by joining the procession that accompanies the statue of the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin as she searches for her Son, or the procession of the Madonna of the Misericordia, which leads the Santcristus to the Cathedral of Santa Maria, where the great crucifix is raised in the ritual called arborement.

On Good Friday, you can experience the celebration of the most important phase of the Setmana, called desclavament: the statue of Jesus, having fallen from the cross and been placed in his coffin, is carried along in a procession to the Church of the Misericordia. Immersed in the silence of the streets of the historical centre, interrupted only by the litanies of the women and by the singing in Sardinian and Catalan, it is difficult not to be enraptured by the intense evocativeness of this tradition, which year after year involves the entire city.

Focs De Sant Joan At Alghero

The Feast of Sant Joan celebrates the start of the summer. It is the longest day of the year and what is known as the Summer Solstice. The idea is that on the night of Sant Joan, the sun reaches its highest point, before beginning to drop. The sun is seen as a symbol of fertility and wealth, and so it must be given strength.

At Alghero the “Focs” are held on the S. Giovanni beach to celebrate the beginning of the summer, friendship and brotherhood.Friends who want to seal their friendship makes a propitiatory jump of the fire and this is very suggestive. The celebrations last a few days in which you can attend horse shows and educational shows about wild and healing herbs of Sardinia.

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