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According to tradition, on the morning of August 5th, back in the year 358, the Esquiline Hill in Rome was
completely covered in snow. In an apparition, the Virgin promised pope Liberius that this would happen.
Because of this the Basilica of Santa Maria di Maggiore or St. Mary Major, was built in that very area.
It's still one of the most important churches of the Eternal City.
Ever since the year 358, every August
5th is celebrated with a Mass and the traditional "snowfall" of white petals.
It's a way to commemorate
that one white morning and also a way to enjoy this architectural masterpiece.