The 29th of July is the Saints Day for Martha who was the sister of Mary and Lazarus of Bethany, a village about three kilometres from Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. In honour of sharing a name with Santa Marta, the town of Marta celebrates in her honour. The celebrations start with a Procession at night by the fisherman in their boats on the lake and a procession along the streets of Marta on the evening beforehand. The next day is considered a local holiday with everyone in a festive mood with a large market during the day and culminating with a magnificent Firework display at 11pm. Today I am sharing with you a few of my photos from the procession and a video taken by a contact of mine.
This event took place on the evening of my cousin's arrival to spend a long weekend with us, so we collected her from the airport and went directly to Trattoira da la Jolanda for supper which is right on the lakeside. This is the restaurant you may have noticed in photos of posts on the Marta Lakeside Renovations recently. We knew that from here we would have excellent views both of the procession on the water and the one on the street as it moved along the front to the Fishermans port where the blessing takes place.
The procession commences its passage along the lakeside with a few fireworks.
The processions are taking place simultaneously which is why my photos jump from shore to lake and back again. We certainly had an excellent vantage point at Jolanda's
Santa Marta Procession: July 28th 2010
webtony1 Festa della patrona Santa Marta a Marta prov. di Viterbo, a cura di Antonio Fontana Feast of the Patron Saint Martha, province of Viterbo, edited by Anthony Fontana. Please take five minutes to view this video as it gives I feel an excellent portrayal of the event and our beautiful town of Marta. I am grateful to Antonio for making this available to share.
There are also a few more photos in My Flickr Album Santa Marta - 28th July 2010 and tomorrow I will post some Firework photos from the following evening.