Antico Sposalizio Selargino
YESTERDAY, TODAY, A CENTURY OF TRADITIONS
From 3 to 8 september 2019
Keeping a story means loving it, but it also means choosing languages to tell it, to pass it to those who will come in tomorrow. This is the Antico Sposalizio Selargino: a story of love and community; a story capable of going beyond any time fence. Its origins are ascribed to the marital customs of the XVIII and XIX centuries, even if it is in the sixties that the party finds again its expressive splendor.
Today, the Old Marriage has become a full-fledged folkloristic representation that faithfully reconstructs the historic Campidanese marriage, reassembling in an authentic and iridescent way a mosaic of traditions and colors. On the occasion of the festival, Selargius turns into the center of all of Sardinia, welcoming the colors and people of an entire island, their languages, their emotions. A triumph of ethnic riches and culture.
The choral nature of the ancient peasant community, the festive splendor of the ancient wedding ceremonies of the Campidano, the involvement of an entire country: these are just some of the cultural coordinates that draw the anthropological map of the Antico Sposalizio Selargino.
The prologue begins on Thursday, or Friday before marriage Sunday, with the rite sa cantada a is piccioccas. The men and women of the Folk Kellarious Group of Selargius, who together with the Proloco are the greatest curators of the Antico Sposalizio, go to some Campidanese houses made available by the citizens or by the Municipality. Here, while the women take their seats facing the windows, the men sing various courtship songs belonging to the traditional corpus of profane polyphonic songs.
Bringing the party back to the streets is su trasferimentu de is arrobas, which takes place the Saturday before the wedding, when the ox carts carry the trousseau to the house where the future spouses will live, while a procession in traditional dress, with the head a group of players precedes them.
The heart of the festival is the ceremony, punctuated by a dense succession of moments that precede it: the dressing of the spouses, the wedding procession, the parade in the streets of the city and finally the arrival in the church of the Santissima Vergine Assunta. These are the steps that anticipate the long celebration in the Campidanese language. In this original, emotionally rich rite, the spouses say the fateful yes, and after the exchange of the rings, their hands are joined by the nuptial chain, symbol of the perpetual bond established by the sacrament.
At the end of the mass, the couple come out to applause, in a square full of faithful and citizens, accompanied by the launch of two doves. This is followed by the start towards the nearby Romanesque church of San Giuliano, where the spouses write the promise of love that will be kept in the church itself. Then, the last step, towards the party. The bride and groom head for the wedding feast (su cumbidu), where the blessing of the water takes place as a sign of purification, and the ritual de sa razia as a good omen of prosperity.
From Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September 2019, on the occasion of the 59th edition of the Antico Sposalizio Selargino, it will be possible to visit some important places of historical and cultural interest of Selargius.