Ferragosto: history, traditions (and curses) of one of the most beloved holidays in Italy

Celebrated on August 15, the so called Ferragosto may well be considered the height of the Italian summer: many Italians still take their summer vacation around this time, with the cities traditionally emptying and the beaches filling up (at least, until few years ago). Ferragosto, which today coincides with the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary (a Catholic dogma established in 1950 by Pope Pius XII), is a holiday that goes back to Roman emperor Augustus’ times. Several festivals took place during the month of August to celebrate the…

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#TodayInHistory – August 15

August 15 – Some important events on this day. 778 👉🏼 Battle of Roncevaux Pass: Roland, commander of the rearguard of Charlemagne’s army is defeated by the Basques 1248 👉🏼 Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun 1461 👉🏼 Empire of Trebizond surrenders to forces of Sultan Mehmet II – last Byzantine Empire remnant to fall. Emperor David exiled and later murdered. 1519 👉🏼 Panama City founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila 1534 👉🏼 Ignatius of Loyola forms society of Jesus/Jesuits 1537 👉🏼 Asunción, Paraguay, is founded. 1540 👉🏼 Arequipa, Peru,…

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