|Festa della Madonna della neve||| Print ||
|Written by Larry Aiello|
|Tuesday, 26 July 2011 01:27|
On August 5th, ever year, Rome celebrates a festival that goes back to the 4th century.
A re-enactment of a legendary 4th century snow fall with a blizzard of white flower petals which flutter down from the roof onto the congregation. There is also a special mass.
Legend has it that on the 4th of August in the year 352, the Virgin appeared in Pope Liberio's dream and instructed him to build a church where there would be fresh-fallen snow the following day. Lo and behold, the very next day, there was a rare August snow-fall! Below is a video.