🌞 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗙𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼! 🎉
Did you know that today, on the 15th of August, all of Italy celebrates this special holiday? 🇮🇹
Italians celebrate Ferragosto by taking the day off and heading for the coast or the cool mountain air (if they're not already there). 🏖️❄️
The term Ferragosto comes from the Latin term Feriae Augusti ("Augustus’ Holidays"), as the celebration was established by the Emperor Augustus in 18 BC. 🏛️
Initially, it was a day of rest for hardworking farmers, thanks to Emperor Augustus. 🌾 They'd wish their bosses a "buon ferragosto" and get a bonus 💰 before attending horse races held across the Roman Empire 🏇 (a remnant of which survives in the form of Siena’s bi-annual Palio).
Ferragosto was not traditionally on August 15th but on August 1st (the first day of the month that Augustus himself introduced).
The Catholic Church pushed the event back on the calendar to coincide with the Assumption of Mary. 🙏
Assumption Day commemorates the belief that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, died, her body was "assumed" into heaven to be reunited with her soul instead of undergoing the natural process of physical decay upon death. ✨
🌼 𝗕𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲'𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲! 🤩
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺!
During Fascism, Benito Mussolini would organize low-cost “holiday trains” between Aug. 14-16, so low-income families could take trips to cultural cities or the seaside for a few days.
Food and board were not included, so even today, Italians associate packed lunches and barbecues with this day. 🚆🍔
🍔 So, whether you're having a picnic 🧺, exploring new places 🗺️, or just having a blast with friends and family, today's your day!
𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗙𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗼! 🎈
𝗜𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮 𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲? 📆
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