Take the Italian national holiday, Ferragosto on August 15th, for example. The term itself derives from the Latin expression Feriae Augusti (Augustus' holiday), which is a celebration introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC, around the same time many celebrate harvest, and take time off after the hard labor of the previous weeks and months. The same day is also a religious holiday, Assumption of Mary, which is celebrated by churches around the world. Besides the historical reasons, of course, there are quite a few practical reasons to vacation this month from the nice weather, quieter large cities to giving the children and yourself a break before school starts.
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- Kornelia Lasluisa