The Festival
of the Candlesticks in SaSSari

A centuries-old devotion

The March of the Candelieri in Sassari is a five-century-old festival which, every August 14th, celebrates the city’s devotion for the Madonna dell’Assunta. Eleven big wooden candles are carried on the participants’ shoulders across the city streets, up to the Santa Maria of Betlem Church. Every year the Faradda di li Candareri – as the celebration is called in the vernacular of Sassari – attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.

The Festival
of the Candlesticks in SaSSari

A centuries-old devotion

The March of the Candelieri in Sassari is a five-century-old festival which, every August 14th, celebrates the city’s devotion for the Madonna dell’Assunta. Eleven big wooden candles are carried on the participants’ shoulders across the city streets, up to the Santa Maria of Betlem Church. Every year the Faradda di li Candareri – as the celebration is called in the vernacular of Sassari – attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.

The Festival
of the Candlesticks in SaSSari

A centuries-old devotion

The March of the Candelieri in Sassari is a five-century-old festival which, every August 14th, celebrates the city’s devotion for the Madonna dell’Assunta. Eleven big wooden candles are carried on the participants’ shoulders across the city streets, up to the Santa Maria of Betlem Church. Every year the Faradda di li Candareri – as the celebration is called in the vernacular of Sassari – attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.

The Candelieri, UNESCO World Heritage

The Italian Great Shoulder-Machines Network

The Faradda de li Candareri is part of the Italian Great Shoulder-Machines Network, which has been part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2013. The Network was created in 2005 as an association whose aim is to preserve some of the oldest popular religious events in Italy.

The Candelieri, UNESCO World Heritage

The Italian Great Shoulder-Machines Network

The Faradda de li Candareri is part of the Italian Great Shoulder-Machines Network, which has been part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2013. The Network was created in 2005 as an association whose aim is to preserve some of the oldest popular religious events in Italy.

How to get
to the Festival

Thanks to the Alghero Airport and the ferries that dock in Porto Torres, Sassari is easy to get to. Discover how to get around the town and how to take part in the Festival of the Candlesticks using public transportation.

Unmissable
events

The Faradda animates Sassari not only on August 14th. Check the calendar of events taking place during the Festival: traditions, gastronomy, music and culture keep the town alive all year long.

How to get to
the Festival

Thanks to the Alghero Airport and the ferries that dock in Porto Torres, Sassari is easy to get to. Discover how to get around the town and how to take part in the Festival of the Candlesticks using public transportation.

Unmissable
events

The Faradda animates Sassari not only on August 14th. Check the calendar of events taking place during the Festival: traditions, gastronomy, music and culture keep the town alive all year long.

The Faradda 2018

Pictures and videos from the latest editions of the Festival of the Candlesticks. Browse through the images that have captured the folklore of a 500-year-old celebration.