Summertime in Rome is covered in Snow. Feast of Our Lady of the Snows

No, we’re not crazy. Each year, the snow comes back in Rome to pay homage to the traditional event in honor of Our Lady of the Snows, on 5th August.

For several years now, the city of Rome has been celebrating this ceremony at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major Basilica) and the folk custom consists of a rain of white petals falling down on the square in front of the basilica. This because, as the story goes, our Virgin Mary appeared in Pope Liberio’s dreams (352 a.C.) and showed him where he had to build a church, with a miraculous snowfall (although it was summer) on Esquilino (a historic district of Rome) in the night of August 5th 356 a.C.

The day after, the pope traced the perimeter of the church with the pastoral staff on the snow. Still today, the myth of the legend continues and every year, on 5th August this extraordinary event is celebrated with play of lights or a symbolic snowfall of white flowers.

In order to remember such a miraculous event, also this year, a rain of white petals will fall on the people who will gather in front of the Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome, one of the four basilicas of the eternal city.

Thousands visitors are scheduled to come for the occasion and as each year, they will be overcrowded by a rain of white petals.

Rome waits for you with its traditions on 5th August 2010. A further chance for visiting Rome, the eternal city with huge monuments and large squares.

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