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festa del Redentore in Venice, italy

Fireworks at Redentore. Background: S.Giorgio island It is a religious festivity which is associated with a very popular traditions of having dinner on boats in St.Mark's basin, watching at fireworks on the lagoon. Something very special. It is traditionally held during the 3rd week-end of July (2003: July 19-20)
The religious festivity dates back to the year 1576 when, because of a terrible plague that was raging in the city, the Republic's Senate vowed to build a temple on the Giudecca island in honour of Christ the Redeemer, also solemnly promising to go there in procession every year on the third Sunday in July. The names of the famous architects Andrea Palladio and Antonio Da Ponte are associated with this church. The day of Redentore is one of the most characteristic and best-loved by Venetians. On this occasion hundreds of boats decorated with branches and multicoloured balloons gather on the Saturday evening in the Giudecca Canal and in St. Mark's Basin. A large crowd throngs the brightly lit banks and palace balconies to watch this festival of sounds and lights which culminates in a great firework display that produces highly evocative plays of colour on the water. Then, amid playing and singing, the boats spread out along the city's canals to regather at dawn at the Lido to await the sunrise.
The traditional program: Saturday: opening of the Pontoon Bridge that links the Zattere and Giudecca island; at 11.30 pm firework in St Mark's Basin. Sunday afternoon: regatta of the young people in Giudecca Canal; at 4.45 pm senior regatta; at 5.30 pm gondolas regatta; at 7 pm Holy Mass celebrated by the Patriarch at Redentore Church in Giudecca.


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