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Traditions & Events

THE ORIGINS AND THE HISTORY

Sappada and its surroundings are part of an area that encompasses many areas of interest. Situated on the border with Austria, it is characterized by German language and by agricultural traditions, with many companies still active in the industry and interesting educational farms to be visited by children and adults. Furthermore, the mountains around our village there are still bear witness to the First World War, with forts, educational courses, and The Little Museum of the Great War, with many artefacts found on site.
THE PASSION FOR WOOD

The wood is also a key element: the same Alpinpark buildings were constructed in “block bau”, an ancient method of construction in wood with wedged beams, where each part of the building is made with a part of tree, without using cement, not even in the support structure. An entire village here is a protected area, remained so for centuries: it is located a walking distance from the park and can be visited as an open-air museum, although it is normally inhabited!
During the year, there are several events where the carvers create their works along the villages of the country: come to visit the many artisan shops, who carve and sell their work, preparing, for example, the typical masks of our Carnival.
CARNIVAL BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT

The Sappada Carnival has a long history and is spread through theatrical skits in which masked characters, for 3 consecutive Sundays, represent scenes of rural life before the visitors on the street, wearing heavy hand-carved wooden masks and ancient peasant dresses, telling moments of our past.

During the Shrove Monday, the protagonist is Rollate, the typical Sappada mask, while during the Mardi Gras, every year the race in ski under masks for children and adults takes place.
ANCIENT AND MODERN EVENTS

If you are looking interesting ideas regarding what to do in the mountains in the Dolomites, you're in the right place. In different seasons, different events and shows follow one another, involving Sappada and guests.
 
Among the best-known traditions, we find, besides the famous Carnival, the Sappamukki celebration in mid-September, reminiscent of the time of transhumance, with cows returning to the country after spending the summer in the mountain pastures. Here you can admire cows and horses on parade and find various stands with typical products.
 
Many other events are related to religion, such as the impressive pilgrimage to Santa Maria Luggau, which takes place on the third Sunday of September involving hundreds of pilgrims who travel about 30 km in the mountains crossing the border with Austria, to the Austrian monastery in which more than a century ago a vow from Sappada people was made.
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