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.
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 2023: programm
- Sunday 5 February
Poor Sunday, Pèttlar Sunntag
- Sunday 12 February
Farmers' Sunday, Paurn Sunntach
- Thursday 16 February
Maundy Thursday, Vaastign Pfinzntòch
- Sunday 19 February
Lords' Sunday, Hearn Sunntach
- Monday 20 February
Shrove Monday, Vrèss Montach
- Tuesday 21 February
Shrove Tuesday, Schpaib Ertach