FESTA DI STELLA MARIS The festival is celebrated in the month of July in honor of the Virgin patron saint of the village of Arbatax. They are involved not only the villagers and parishioners but also many tourists and pilgrims from all over the Ogliastra and beyond. The highlight of the festival is reached on Sunday afternoon when a solemn procession with the statue of the Virgin Mary, from the Church and through the streets of the village reaches the docks of the Port where Mass is celebrated. It is from here begins the most striking part of the festival. At the conclusion of the Mass. In fact, the statue is placed on a vessel made available and prepared for the occasion. In the wake of the vessel is filled with the faithful gather many boats that start up in the traditional procession to do three laps in the harbor. The faithful and pilgrims who observe from the dock follow the procession with devotion and respect in prayer until the launch of the wreath in memory of the victims of the sea.