Carnival in Bosa

Carnevale kicks off with a burning pyre outside the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate and follows with days of parades, culminating in boisterous celebrations on martedi grasso (Shrove Tuesday).

On the Tuesday morning, townsfolk dress in black to lament the passing of Carnevale, while in the evening, groups of locals dress in white to hunt the giolzi, a manifestation of the carnival that is said to hide in people’s groins. To find it people hold lanterns up to each other’s nether regions shouting ‘Giolzi! Giolzi! Ciappadu! Ciappadu!’ (Giolzi! Giolzi! Gotcha! Gotcha!).