Candles, balloons, castradina, and sweets, thanks for one's good health and prayers for good health in the year to come: these are the key elements (sacred and profane) of the Festa della Madonna della Salute.
For more on this major Venetian holiday, please see: http://veneziablog.blogspot.it/2013/11/festa-della-madonna-della-salute-and.html
For information on the three-day process of preparing the feast's ritual dish of castradina, see: http://veneziablog.blogspot.it/2013/11/a-ritual-dish-for-la-festa-della.html
|One can't help but have candles on one's mind when it comes to this festa|
|For those concerned about the health of their soul, as well as their body, the sacrament of confession was available|
|The speed with which balloon vendors locate and disentangle a specific balloon from the massive cluster of them they sell strikes me as one the day's minor miracles|