Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Get Me to the Church On Time"

photo by Nereo Zane
On my way out the door to get to church, I discovered an e-mail from Nereo with this, most appropriate photo.

As you might expect, the Festa della Madonna della Salute is big among Venetians. This is a photo Nereo shot yesterday, of the people waiting to get into church. Venetians light candles in the church, giving thanks for another year of good health. It's a reminder each year of Venice's deliverance from the plague in the 17th Century.

Now, I must run out the door, as I'm late for church myself.
I hope there won't be crowds that big where I'm going.


Tamas Feher from Hungary said...

What I like about this photo is the crowd actually being venetian, rather than the usual flock of tourists!

I wonder if some TV station covered the pontoon bridge march and the Salute church event this year?

Nereo Zane said...

Yes, all the local and the main national TVs covered the two-days event with some spots. Today the "Madonna della Salute" is, with the "Festa della Sensa", the dearest feast to Venetians. The "Redentore", the third important event unfortunately no-longer is a true "Venetians'feast". On Saturday crossing the bridge was a real adventure due to the crowd to and from the Church. The bridge has been disassembled today.