LO “SCOPPIO DEL CARRO” (The burst of the Cart)
Every year on Easter Sunday Florence hosts the Scoppio del Carro, the explosion of the carriage. This harks back to when the Holy Fire was sparked off by using stone chippings from the Holy Sepulchre, and it was customary to then use it to rekindle the flame of all the hearths in the town.
Subsequently the Ceremony has become symbolical, and now on Easter Sunday a great Chariot, which goes back to the eighteenth century, is drawn by white oxen festooned with garlands, and is paraded along the streets to the Cathedral Square from Porta a Prato, where it is kept for the other 364 days of the year. A steel wire connects it to the High Altar in the Cathedral. During Midday Mass when the time comes for the Gloria in Excelsis the Cardinal Archbishop lights a rocket in the form of a dove with the holy fire obtained by means of the ancient chippings. The rocket shoots down the wire to the Chariot stuffed full with firecrackers, which explodes to the great joy of the onlookers.
Florentine New Year
The 25th of March was from the medieval time until 1750, considered the day of the beginning of the New Year. The Catholic Church places that day as being the event of the Incarnation of the Virgin Mary.
The historic procession starts from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa and it ends at the Basilica della SS. Annunziata
The first Sunday after Easter Sunday is the traditional festival of the Kites.
Experts from all over Tuscany gather in San Miniato(Pisa) where they fly their beautiful hand crafted kites. These are built according to strict traditional methods : river canes for the skeleton, kitchen string and glue made out of water and flour and paper.
Lucca’s Music Festival is a rich and important one of its kind.
Mainly sacred music is played in every Roman church of the city.
2013 celebrated its 50th birthday with a particular eye for Lucca’s composers.
International Show of art and craft This is a well regarded event for European artists and craftsmen. The aim is the preservation and the study of ancient techniques of handiwork often on the brink of extinction. The show takes place in the Fortezza da Basso during the last week of the month.
Maggio Fiorentino is one of the richest and important yearly musical events in the world. It was started in 1933 with the representation of Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi. The festival today also includes dance and theatrical events. All the concerts are executed by the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of which Zubin Mehta has been the director since 1985