Every spring Italians hold Maggiolata festival to celebrate the abundance of flowers blooming everywhere in different colors and scents. In addition to the concerts, shows and other traditional performances, the special feature of the festival is the parade of allegorical wagons built and decorated with flowers by the citizens of the four Florentine historical districts. Maggiolata was inspired by another pagan celebration named Calendimaggio that used to begin on the 1st of May and lasted for the whole month. However, nowadays the celebration has been shortened to the last two weeks of May, which remains the most flower-rich month. Originally the goal of the festivities was to greet spring’s arrival through some pagan rituals, although the temples were also vividly adorned with flowers.
May 19–26, 2020
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