Pentecost at the Pantheon

Catholics in Rome celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, or Pentecost, with a more literal descent of their own: the showering of red rose petals through the oculus of the Pantheon.

The petals are thrown by firefighters perched atop the two thousand year old dome, and rain by the thousands into the sunlit crowds below. Hours of waiting in sweaty, fatigued masses is suddenly made worthwhile as the scene unfolds. Simultaneously emotional, ethereal, and spiritual, the experience is impossible to describe in words or do justice in photos.

petals raining

petals on floor  child with flowers


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