On November 21st, the residents of Venice come together for a procession to help commemorate those lost during the great plague of 1630. At that time 100,000 died in the city. But after the residents had sent their prayers to Virgin Mary, the epidemics ended. People march towards the Basilica della Madonna della Salute in order to thank the Virgin Mary for sparing the lives and to ask her to keep each of them healthy. This baroque Basilica was completed in 1640 to thank the Virgin for a miraculous end of the epidemics.
Dishes of a traditional cabbage stew are sold around the city on this day, and families usually use this day to remember their loved ones. It is one of the few occasions when the streets of Venice are full of locals, not tourists, rushing to attend a solemn mass and socializing with each other.