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FERRAGOSTO

15/08/2014

 The term Ferragosto is derived from the Latin expression Feriae Augusti (Augustus' rest), which is a celebration introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC. This was an addition to already extant ancient RomanFestivals which fell in the same month, which celebrated the harvest and the end of a long period of intense agricultural labor. The ancient Ferragosto, in addition to obvious self-celebratory political purposes, had the purpose of linking the main August festivities to provide a longer period of rest, called Augustali, which was felt necessary after the hard labour of the previous weeks.

The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to comemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - hwat they believe to be actual physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorruptible body in to Heaven.