Language and Traditions

The Sardinian language, in Logudorese form, is spoken little by the new generations and some projects are being set up to sustain it. Many traditions connected to the agricultural cycle have been lost. Homemade bread making has almost disappeared; on the contrary, the preparation of sas lezes, typical sweets tied to religious festivals, remains, pabassinos and ancas de cane for the Saint’s day, tiriccas for the Quaresima, casadinas e piricchittos for Easter, cattas e montegadas for the carnival. The preparation of sausages is commonplace, a delight which one should not miss out on.

Traditional singing is maintained by several traditional choruses with four voices (cunsonos) that still sing A Gesus in allegria on 31 December and Sos Tres Res on the Eve of the Epiphany and the original version of Sa maestralina, exclusive to Thiesi. Costumes are worn in the processions and by the folkloristic dance groups. Families jealously preserve their jewels and costumes which are handed down through the generations. The characterising element in the female costume was in the past sa tuniga groga, the traditional yellow woollen skirt, of which only one example remains, since substituted by a skirt in red cloth.

The 7, 8 and 9 September, the festivities in honour of Nostra Signora di Seunis are held, an appointment not to be missed by every Tiesino, rich in religious and civil manifestations. A suggestive prayer vigil is held called, su ’izadolzu, and a solemn procession accompanied by horsemen in costume, with the likeness of The Virgin Mary transported by bulls on a cart. Another important festival is S. Giovanni, organised by the young people; on 23 June a great fire is lit near to the small church just below the Town Hall and modernity meets with the antique magical rites connected to the cults of water and light.

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