Carnevale di Gavoi

Il Carnevale nelle vie del centro di Gavoi

Gavoi's carnival starts last Thursday before Lent, called "jobia lardajola" (because broad beamswith lard used to be prepared in this occasion), with “sa sortilla 'e tumbarinos", the gathering ofhundreds of drummers. The drums are made reutilizing the flour sieves, the wooden pecorinomolds, the ancient cork buckets used for milking or to curdle the cheese ("sos malùnes") or the largecontainers to store the wheat ("sos majos").
Adults and children parade wearing the typical velvet costume and shoes called “sos cosinzos"and "sos cambales". The parade unwinds throughout the streets of the center of the village, withthe drums playing rolling wildly, accompanied by "su pipiolu", the cane fife, "su triangulu", the
wrought iron triangle, "su tumborro", an instrument made of a dried animal bladder, inflated as aresonance box, which is made vibrate by a cord as if it were a violin .

The night of Shrove Tuesday, the puppet of the Carnival king, Zizzarone, is burnt to farewell thefeast.The Carnival ends at the dawn of the next Wednesday, when "sos intinghidores" draw a cross onthe front of the participant with burnt cork. The sound of the bells, "su toku de sa ritiru", marks theend of the carnival and the beginning of Lent.

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