In May, residents of Venice celebrate Festa della Sensa. The event starts with the mayor blessing the lagoon and is followed by a wonderful regatta.
The Festa della Sensa is a centuries-old celebration of a tight bond between Venice and the Sea; it is a symbolic ceremony where the city, represented by the mayor and the patriarch, gives a golden ring to the sea, as a symbol of their marriage. The holiday celebrates Venice as ‘la Serenissima,’ an ancient title which refers to the city's serenity.
Besides the marriage procession, Festa della Sensa includes an impressive parade of boats from various rowing associations of the city. There are numerous regattas and kite shows. On that day locals also have a Sensa Dinner, which consists of traditional delicacies. And, of course, there is a Holy Mass at the St Nicolò.