Monday, February 7, 2011
The tiny town of Spello, in Umbria is home to one of the most amazing festivals I have ever been to. Called L'infiorata, it is celebrated on the feast of Corpus Domini, usually in late May or June, a beautiful time to visit. I'm writing about this today, because in 5 days, our family from Spello will be here in San Diego, and we are delighted that we can host them here.
During the week before the festival residents are collecting flowers, and herbs to use in their designs. Working in teams, they spend evenings pulling the petals off the flowers and separating them into color ways, it's really quite remarkable! Dr. C. and I got to help with this chore, and it was so much fun to hear the Italians sitting around a table sharing their lives as they end the day.
One evening after we had helped to pull petals, we were walking back to our flat, and we heard music coming from one of the churches, so we slipped into the back, and there in the center was an acapella choir, singing. It was only one of the magical things that we experienced during this week.
As the week progressed, this tiny town (one road in is the same road out) began to grow with visitors, both touristi and those who called this town home at one time. These festivals bring those from far away home again.
On Friday, tents began to be erected to cover the streets.
After mass, the priest and bishop walk through the town blessing the town. By the afternoon, everyone is gone, and it is quiet, and serene, the Spello that I love!