The “Descent of the Candlesticks”- Sassari
Every August 14th the most important religious celebration in Sassari
On August 14th every year it takes place in Sassari the Discesa dei Candelieri (Descent of the Candlesticks) or “Faradda di li Candareri” (in Sardinian dialect) which is the most important religious celebration in Sassari.
The Discesa dei Candelieri is the ritual that is offering enormous candles to Our Lady of the Assumption by the arts and crafts corporations of the city as a vote of thanks for freeing the city from the plague over 5 centuries ago.
Since 2022 the Gremi (the crafts corporations) have become 13 with the participation of Laborers and Transport workers who are added to Butchers, Blacksmiths, Piccapietre, Viandanti, Peasants, Carpenters, Ortolani, Shoemakers, Tailors, Masons, Massai.
The feast involves the candle holders, the gremianti, and the local authorities.
The ritual starts in the morning with the so-called “vestizione”: every Gremio decorates its own candlestick in his place or in the house of the gremiante who has the responsibility of the votive candle.
The procession starts in the evening and goes through the city to the Church of Saint Mary of Bethlem.
In 2022 it will also be possible to follow the procession through some large screens positioned in the city.
The “Faradda di li Candareri” has been included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Credits photo Gianni Careddu for Wikipedia
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