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Your Photo Of The Day: Carefree Venetian Summer

Young men stripped down to their underwear and ran into the water after the Festa del Redentore (Redentore Festival) in Venice, Italy.
Bri Hammond/via Flickr

Flickr user Bri Hammond writes: "This photo was taken very early in the morning, the day after Festa del Redentore (Redentore Festival) in Venice, Italy."

This historical celebration began in 16th-century Venice to commemorate the end of a plague that had gripped the city — as well as the construction of the Redeemer Church. Visitors still make a pilgrimage to the church during the festival, which is the third weekend in July each year. There are both religious and secular celebrations including services, fireworks and gondola races.

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