Do you know that today in Italy, and in some other Catholic countries, the 15 August is a holiday?

We call it Ferragosto. Today it is a religious day when the Catholics celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven (the Assumption Day).

However, the most famous Italian summer day derives from the Roman day called Feriae Augusti (rest of Augustus), established by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC. to grant a period of rest and celebrations to the Consalia, the end of agricultural work. The days of the Feriae Augusti were used precisely to recover from the work on the fields, and to celebrate the harvest.

It is typical in Italy to spend this day by taking a picnic, at the seaside or in the mountains, with your family and friends.

It is a very happy day for us, even though sometimes, despite August is traditionally the hottest month of summer, some thunderstorms may happen.

Whatever the weather will be, it is going to be a great day!

crop unrecognizable woman serving delicious snacks on plaid for picnic
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