Not yet Ferragosto and not yet on the Cape but I am looking forward to our annual family retreat next week despite the shark population. Here’s to mid summer fun and a good rest of August to all. I’m currently getting in a last bit of humidity while here in New Orleans. Nothing quite like it.
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…
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