Not really Wordless Wednesday

Santa Christina in flowers

The 24th July is my onomastico (this means the day of the saint with my name).  Santa Christina is celebrated in Bolsena a few miles from Viterbo on the lake of the same name.  In the church next to her tomb this image of her was displayed.  It is entirely made with flowers and seeds.  At 10pm her effigy is carried from the church past living tableau depicting her martyrdom.  There are 5 tableaus on the evening of the 23rd and 5 in the morning of the 24th.  The idea is to follow the crowds and see each tableau as the curtains open.  All are gruesome but the goriest is the one that shows her having her tongue cut out with the requisite blood on her pure white dress.  When you reach the top of the town where the castle is situated there are devils in very scanty state of undress leaping around and fireworks and loud bangs with lots of smoke; the saint stays in the church by the castle until the following morning when she proceeds back down the hill to her church. Back to gardening for the next post.

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10 thoughts on “Not really Wordless Wednesday

    • These flower pictures are usually related to Corpus domini and whole roads are covered with designs. That is also related to the church in Bolsena as that was where the miracle happened of the wine really turning to blood in the chalice during mass. Christina

    • This flower picture was about 1 m by 1.8m and probably took a few hours to complete. When they cover entire streets all the town’s women help and it takes all day. The yougn men spend a considerable amount of time developing the tan!

  1. Buon onomastico Christina! I didn’t understand if you are italian or not but I’going to follow this blog, your garden is very interesting! Alberto

  2. I was thinking how appropriate your namesake is portrayed in flowers, then I read the rest! Poor Christina! You have made me curious to learn more about her history.

  3. I notice Christina you think of yourself as English rather than British even now you live in Italy. I wrongly assumed most expats would class themselves as Brits and keep their national identity for home use when following sport or similar. If you were Welsh say living in Italy I wonder if you would have answered the question similarly. However your big love of Italy and Italians comes over in your blog posts. It is clearly a wonderful country. Ken

    • Yes, I think of myself as English even though I have some Scott’s and some Welsh blood in my viens as well. Brits is rather an American view of the UK as they don’t understand any of the differences do you not think?; mostly they think Europe is one country!

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