Day #124

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 3rd May 2008

Day #124Title: Festa di Santa Guista
Location: Chiaramonti, Sardinia
Camera: Canon EOS 30D / 24-105mm EF f/4 L IS USM
Notes: Practically the whole town turned out for the Festival of Santa Guista today. A few hundred locals gathered in the shade of the trees next to a church outside the town and spent the afternoon eating, drinking and making merry. We were invited along as guests of the Accorra family (friends of the friends we were visiting) and so we sat down to the feast of pasta, salad, mutton, potatoes, cakes, and home made wine. There were market stalls too, selling local produce, kids running round with waterpistols, men surreptitiously playing Burra (an illegal counting game only played when drunk), and everyone chatting merrily. Some of the more aventurous townsfolk also had a go at paragliding off the nearest big hill. All great for photos! This is Santa Guista herself, installed in the church before being paraded back into town in a convoy of cars and tooting horns. It was a lovely day out, and great to be involved in some real local customs; we were made to feel very welcome. See more pictures taken today.

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