Monday, August 17, 2009

Ferragosto Italian Summer Holiday in Tuscany

'Ferragosto' is an Italian holiday celebrated on August 15. Originally, it was related to a celebration of the middle of the summer and the end of the hard labour in the fields. This holiday was celebrated in the Roman Empire to honor the gods. In fact, the present Italian name of the holiday derives from its original Latin name, Feriae Augusti (Holidays of the Emperor Augustus) . This traditions continues nowadays in the “Palio dell’ Assunta” in Siena on 16th August.
In time, Roman Catholicism adopted this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the real physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorrupt body into Heaven.
Nowadays Ferragosto is the holiday day in summer when some people join beaches , mountains resorts or countryside to find refreshment. For those who do not have summer holidays it is at least a day for a pic nic,an excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors (al fresco ), ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or in the countryside .

1 comment:

  1. Oh..Great they are enjoying..I was there in last year and i enjoyed too much...