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24th June - The Virgin of the sea and Saint John in Olbia

 

 

24th June - The Virgin of the sea and Saint John in Olbia

 


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24/06
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On the 24th of June Olbia celebrates the Madonna del Mare and Saint John's day. The feast is characterized by the procession with the Madonna and Saint John's statues, which are carried on a big boat decorated with flowers, between Isola di Mezzo and Isola Bianca.
The Madonna del Mare and Saint John celebration is the most enthralling moment of the renewal of the devotion to the sea patrons. Celebrations date back to really old times, but they have become protagonists of  Olbia summer again only in 1986 ,after a many years long pause.
The “holy” part of the ancient Olbia feast comes to an end with the High Mass in Piazza Crispi, but the “profane” schedule of events is also very fascinating, with the usual jump of the fire, the huge fish-fry and the mussels and shell fish festival.
 
 

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