We Celebrate the End of the Plague!

Okay, here’s my Redentore report for 2014.

As many of you might know, Redentore is a big Venetian festival that has been going on for 500 years. It celebrates the end of the Black Plague. (They actually have a couple festivals that celebrate this.) Black plague is bad. Buboes are yucky. The end of the plague is a really good reason to eat good food, drink wine, and watch fireworks with a few thousand other people.

My friends Claudia and Kevin came into town for the festa, and so did their friend Cindy. My classmate (from my Italian class) also joined us–Elena from Moscow. We had a fabulous dinner at Osteria Alla Bifora at Campo Santa Margherita, where they serve really enormous piles of sliced meat or fish:

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Then we headed to the Zattere to find a spot, and ended up by another group of Americans. To pass the time before the fireworks, I taught them the Redentore song (that I made up some years ago). Here are the lyrics in English:

“We celebrate the end of the plague, the end of the plague, the end of the plague!

We celebrate the end of the plague, thank you holy Virgin Mary!”

But they had to learn the Italian version too, which, I think, is more fun. (I had to fudge on the lyrics a little to make the rhyme work. It should be “peste,” but “pesta,” rhymes with “festa.”)

“Facciamo una festa per la fine de la pesta!

Facciamo una festa per la fine de la pesta!

Facciamo una festa per la fine de la pesta!

Ringrazia a Santa Maria!”

And here it is, performed by our group. That’s Patrick (new American we met) in the front, and Elena next to him, and me in the middle, with Cindy next to me. Unfortunately, you can’t see Claudia and Kevin. Click the YouTube link to view.

http://youtu.be/DpiCJ40IsVM

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About seductivevenice

Teacher, writer, traveler, dancer, reader, photographer, gardener.
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One Response to We Celebrate the End of the Plague!

  1. Nancy Schwalen says:

    To the tune of “HereWe Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”?

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