Today is the quintessential Italian holiday, Ferragosto. What is Ferragosto you might ask, well according to Wikipedia:
“The Catholic Church celebrates this date as a Holy Day of Obligation to commemorate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary—the actual physical elevation of her sinless soul and incorruptible body into Heaven. Before the Roman Catholic Church came into existence, however, this holiday also included honoring of gods—in particular Diana—and the cycle of fertility and ripening, during the time of the Roman Empire.”
Actually the history of the holiday has many interesting tidbits which Wikipedia explains here.
Ferragosto for me is much simpler and has always represented the beach, good food and good friends. This Ferragosto I am about to leave on a holiday trip to Cape Cod, beloved mecca of my life and alias a new hotbed of shark activity…That said, I can’t wait to see the beach, old friends, Days Cottages, Ptown and everything else that is the Cape to me. While away I will blog more when not fishing with Dad and other family members.