The Carnival of Sappada takes place between February and March and is an important social event for all the locals, so much that the making of wood masks is a true art and craftsmanship often handed down from father to son. This year the Carnival takes place from 28 January to 13 February 2018.
The celebrations last for several days. On the three Sundays preceding Lent, people dress up to represent the three classes in which the ancient society of Sappada was divided: the poor in the humble masks of the Pettlàr Sunntach, the peasant of the Paurn Sunntach, and the rich in the elegant customs of the Hearn Sunntach.
Another character is present during these three Sundays: the Rollàte, the typical Carnival character of Sappada and symbol of the town, a wood mask representing a man with moustache and a custom made of a hooded coat of dark fur and large striped trousers. The Rollàte wears a wide belt with big copper bells (rolln, from which the Rollàte takes its name) and brandishes a broom to scare away the kids.
Other important days in the Carnival of Sappada are Lundi Gras (vress Montach), dedicated to the Rollàte, and Mardi Gras (Spaib Ertach), when the masquerade on skis takes place.
Sappada Carnival 2019: programm
Sunday, February 17 2019
Sunday of the Poor - Potter Suntech - in Borgata Cima Sappada
Sunday, February 24 2019
Sunday Peasants - Paurn Sunntach - and carving of masks with Mascherai Alpini in Borgata Kratten.
Thursday, February 28 2019
Fat Thursday - Vaastign Pfinzntòk - Rollate parade along the streets of the town
Tournament masked scopone on Ice at the Pattinaggio Dolomiti in Borgata Palù
Sunday, March 3 2019
Sunday the Lords - Hearn Suntach - in Borgata Granvilla
Monday, March 4 2019
Monday Gras - Vrèss Montach - Masks of Rollate along the streets of the town in the afternoon.
Tuesday, March 5 2019
Mardi Gras - Schpaib Ertach - No Club - Race masked skiing for children and adults