Scoppio del Carro (the Explosion of the Cart) is, perhaps, the most popular event to be held, most likely, in April each year, more precisely, in the Easter Sunday. The episode consists of a dove-shaped rocket being projected from the famed Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori on a cart previously carried throughout the city by two white oxen and finally brought to the Piazza del Duomo, a cart which is also duly fitted with a fair amount of fireworks meant to be lit at the impact of the dove. Indeed, despite the fact it has a Christian significance (de projection of the rocket dove symbolizes the descent of the Holy Spirit, not to mention the fact the event does take place in the Easter Sunday), the event can not be deprived of its pagan origin or influence, given the meaning of the entire manifestation is to bring fortune and abundance to all of the people of Florence. The fireworks show is followed by a procession of people dressed in medieval costumes.

Santa Maria dei Fiori, Florence

Santa Maria dei Fiori, Florence

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