The SCA is most pleased to have once again celebrated the above mentioned event at the wonderful surrounds of the Club Italia Sporting Club in Sunshine, with whom we have built a close relationship of mutual friendship and trust since having held the “Cyclone Cleopatra Hits Sardinia" Fundraiser in 2014 at the same venue.
This latest celebration, in the form of a lunch, saw a large number of SCA Members and others , all who enjoyed a wonderful menu of such Sardinian delights as "Maloreddus, Maialetto" etc.
The SCA thanks the President and Board of the Club Italia for having hosted this event, as well as its kitchen and watering staff for the excellent service provided on the day. We look forward to many more celebrations of this kind.
For those who may not be familiar with Sardinia and the background to this celebration, we have provided the following overview of Sardinia in the context of this celebration;
· Significance & Meaning of Sardinia’s "National Day":
This commemorates the "reawakening" of the Sardinian people when they revolted on 28 April 1794 against the domination of Piedmont in Sardinia by forcing the expulsion of the Piedmontese viceroy, Balbiano, from Sardinia. The revolt was spurred by the refusal of the King, based in Turin, to reinstate the basic rights of the people of Sardinia, which had been previously guaranteed by Treaty. Since 14 September 1993, when the Parliament of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia passed a law formally recognising the festival, Sardinians all over the world got together to celebrate "Sa Die De Sa Sardigna".
Sardinians are proud of their history, language and culture and on this day celebrate the richness of their heritage, which has survived and flourished, perhaps despite their struggles under the dominion of the many foreign invaders who were present on the island through the centuries, attracted particularly by Sardinia's natural resources and strategic position.
This special day means not only remembering the past but also getting together with family, friends, Sardinians and lovers of Sardinia and to be grateful for the richness Sardinia has contributed to all our lives.
Celebrated on April 28th in Cagliari this commemoration has gained momentum in the last few years with complimentary celebrations, in the form of Festivals, being held in most major towns. These Festivals recreate the events from 1794 with staged plays, evening concerts and ancient folk tales.
· Sardinian's location & other":
Sardinia is located off the west coast of Italy just below the island of Corsica. The second largest island in the Mediterranean;
Post-Second World War period in 1946, by popular referendum, Italy became a republic. As a result Sardinia is politically a region of Italy, whose official name is "Regione Autonoma della Sardegna" - Autonomous Region of Sardinia, and since 1948 enjoys some degree of domestic autonomy granted by a specific Statute.
Three authorities constitute the regional administration:
· the Regional Council (legislative power)
· the Regional Junta (executive power)
· the President (chief of executive power)
Since 2016, Sardinia is divided into four provinces - Nuoro, Oristano, Sassari, South Sardinia, and the metropolitan city of Cagliari, with Cagliari being the region's capital and also its largest city.
Sardinia's total population in 2017 was 1.652 million
A number of snapshots taken on the day follow, and in closing, more can be found about Sardinia in the "Community / History" window of this Website.
References: SCA Website "sardi-melbourne.com/history/"Lonely Planet/Bing.com/images & Wikitravel;