Muravera Citrus Festival 7Th April 2019
Festival of citrus Muravera Cagliari Sardinia
Hotel Restaurant Domu Incantada
Via Tigellio Cucca- 09043 Muravera
Tel: +390709932039 - Fax +390709932213 firstname.lastname@example.org
LARGE FREE PARKING RESERVED TO THE GUESTS OF THE HOTEL RESTAURANT
Saturday, April 6: Arrival at the hotel, accommodation in the room, dinner, overnight
Sunday, April 7: Breakfast, Lunch of the Orange Festival, Departure
Price € 124 per person
Saturday 6 April: Arrival, Accommodation in the room, Dinner, Overnight
Sunday, April 7: Breakfast, Lunch of the Orange Festival, Dinner, Overnight
Monday, April 8th: Breakfast, departure
Price € 215 per person
Lunch Muravera orange festival € 38 Adults, Children aged 4 to 9 years € 18
Children from 0 to 4 years Restaurant guests
FESTIVAL OF CITRUS "Sa Festa"
The citrus festival is an event that takes place in the town of Muravera since 1961, when the president of the Pro-tempore Pro Loco decided to exploit a typical product of the area, the citrus fruits, object of cultivation since ancient times, and to name in his honor a festival, which had as main task not only to promote it, but to make known to tourists and visitors who would participate, the town of Muravera and its surroundings, as well as its typical products such as craftsmanship.
The main products would still have been citrus fruit. Initially, the aim of the event was to enhance the cultivation of citrus fruits that, due to the characteristics of the land, the favorable climate, the abundance of water, the skills of local farmers, was at the forefront of the island. It is easy to imagine that the farmers immediately appreciated the idea, so much that today, after a few decades, the festival appears perfectly integrated into the habits of the inhabitants of Muravera, and the product appreciated in every part of the island. The citrus festival was an exhibition of an exhibition type, a festival focused on the then most important local product, which would have helped the economy but also helped to raise awareness of the isolation of the Sarrabus, which had always suffered from the isolation seen its geographical position.
The festival usually takes place at the beginning of April. The choice of the date of this event is not random because it aims to mark the beginning of the tourist season and to de-seasonalize tourism in that area, which is above all a seaside resort. The visitor can attend numerous events and shows of a folk, cultural, food and wine character. In fact, the most important representation of the event is the parade that takes place on Sunday morning, but the two previous days are full of events: activities and events such as exhibitions of paintings, local crafts. The parade is the most important event, it is very suggestive for the richness and the value of typical costumes, for the songs and musical instruments that resound in the streets of the town, the masks that perform ancient rituals, for the gastronomic specialties that are presented on large baskets of the groups that parade and in the courts. THE costumes come from all over the island, in fact around 40 folk groups, bear witness to the places of belonging through costumes, dances, songs (which we know are different from places to places). This aspect is certainly the key to the success of the citrus festival. The festival allows to make a temporal leap in the uses, and customs of Sardinia still present and well rooted in the our culture, which allows us to remember our identity and our origins, as well as beauty and the sophistication of Sardinian costumes. The clothes shown to us are mostly the clothes of the party or as our grandparents said Su Bestiri De Is Festasa. In fact, the common people had generally a dress to do the work and one for the holidays and to attend mass. The parade is also accompanied by etnotraccas, or wagons that lead us back to gestures of life of newspapers belonging to a bygone era, like making bread, weaving wool and washing clothes at the river, or activities such as raising livestock or threshing wheat. The "traccas" present in the citrus festival are of two types: yoke of oxen adorned with garlands of flowers and precious fabrics and "etnotraccas which are reconstructions of traditional activities and scenes of daily life related to traditions. The etnotraccas strongly characterize the parade, their preparation is very demanding, in fact the care and the minutia that comes used makes it possible to reconstruct faithfully, scenes of everyday life, ancient crafts, days of work (some examples: the knife shop, housework, milk processing, etc.).
We must remember that above all female domestic activities represented not only the normal performance of their
daily activities but also represented an elementof communion for the women of the community, a true pillar and
nucleus of the Sardinian family, which, unlike the other places in Southern Italy, was strongly matriarchal. Even the old "cortes" of the manor houses are very popular with visitors, they consist of preparation of the gates
and courtyards that overlook the Via Roma (the street where the parade takes place), with the reconstruction of
craft workshops and the offer of typical products. The fair is associated with a market exhibition of various food products of the territory, which still today it takes place concurrently with the citrus festival. There are also covered tables in which the oranges can be tasted, andobviously buy. The aspects that characterize the now consolidated production method, starting from the '60s, among the citrus
growers of Sarrabus is fundamentally focused on the following aspects: limited processing,low fertilizer inputs,
hand pruning, hand harvesting, limited plant protection measures and use ground water. This production method represents a constant that is handed down from generation to generation as you can find in the field. However, this system represents the limit of agricultural production of the Sarrabus.