Sunday, April 9, 2023

Lighting the rocket dove in church to celebrate Easter

@firenzetv Anche per quest’anno il volo della Colombina è stato perfetto🕊️ Uno spettacolo straordinario, Buona Pasqua💚 #firenze #scoppiodelcarro2023 #scoppiodelcarrofirenze #scoppiodelcarro #calciostorico #calciostoricofiorentino #tradizione #tradizionefiorentina #firenzetv #pasqua #pasqua2023 ♬ suono originale - Firenze Tv

It's the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Wagon), and sending the dove off like a missile (called the "Colombina" and symbolizing the Holy Spirit) is just step one of the fireworks:

The event of the Scoppio del Carro has its origins in the First Crusade, when Europeans laid siege to the city of Jerusalem in a conflict to claim Palestine for Christianity. In 1097, Pazzino de' Pazzi, a Florentine from a prominent family, was by tradition the first man to scale the walls of Jerusalem. As a reward for this act of bravery, his commander gave him three flints from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which were then carried back to Tuscany. These are kept in the Church of Santi Apostoli.

It became the practice for a "holy fire" to be struck from these flints at Eastertide, which was then carried throughout the city by groups of young men bearing torches. In time, this tradition evolved to something similar to what is seen today; a cart bearing a large candle was rolled through the city to the cathedral, from where the holy fire would be distributed.

*Previously: Eight-year-old Indian diamond heiress renounced her family and became a nun