The Feast of the Redentore is a feast of the Venetian tradition.
Which is celebrated the night between the third Saturday and Sunday of July, with the best expression on the island of Giudecca.
The feast recalls the construction by order of the Venetian Senate of the Basilica of the SS. Redentore as a former vow for the liberation of the city from the plague of 1576. The feast is celebrated, as well as with religious events, with a great fireworks show held in the night between Saturday and Sunday and numerous races of typical Venetian boats on the following day.
A long votive bridge of boats is set up above the Giudecca Canal (the large port canal that divides the island permanently from the rest of the city), to reach the Church of the Redeemer, from which the Patriarch of Venice blesses at the end of the feast the City.
The Venetians, after spending the evening waiting for the colorful fires in S. Marco Basin, move with the boats to the island of Lido to wait for the Alba.
For many Venetians and “much more” important than New Year’s.