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Old Jul 26, 15, 2:37 am
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JBD
 
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Originally Posted by Perche View Post
Exactly why it's not a religious holiday. Supposedly, celebrating Ferragosto was started by Emperor Augustus in year 18, to celebrate a pagan God named Dana, or something like that. It has nothing to do with Mary. Like some other Christian holidays, the Assumption was piggybacked onto a pagan holiday. Italians don't consider August 15th a religious holiday. It's a day to go to the beach or to the mountains. Your only chance of finding an open place to eat is to find a bar run by a Chinese immigrant who doesn't observe the holiday and opens. 99.9%!of Italians close their business.
Nope. Augustus died in 14 AD.
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