A boy with a Virgin Mary tatoo. In Ponticelli, the eastern outskirts of Naples, for 250 years, the 5th of August is celebrated the Mother of God with the title of “Our Lady of the Snows.”
The statue of the patron is hoisted on top of the “Wagon”, the heavy machinery of the party of about 17 meters, carried by hand from less than a hundred men, along the streets of the neighborhood.
The Virgin is enthroned above.
In Via San Rocco the people, without effort, tap the wagon from the balconies, covering it sometimes with confetti.
In Naples, in the places where degradation of culture and traditions are still popular, people condense in the briefest of moments, cyclical, of the party, its history daily, made of sweat, hopes, disappointments, fatigue, illness. The party therefore assumes a character of inevitability for its ability to signify all the painful complexity of life.