From what I know and also referring to the Italian version of Ferragosto, Ferragost meaning is "August Vacation" and it was a festivity of the end of major agricolture works...
It's just on the same day when the Blessed Virgin Mary was bodily assumed in to Heaven. Today it's just a day where 90% of the Italian take a short vacation to the sea. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Zaguru (talk • contribs) 17:51, 14 August 2007
- I agree, it isn't correct to say that this festivity is chatolich and related to Blessed Virgin Mary. It was at first a vacation for workers, as the italian article says. This page is at most wrong. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) 23:29, 15 August 2007
- It's also inaccurate to describe it as a "short vacation where Italians go on brief holidays". So many Italians take such long ferragosto vacations (generally about three weeks) away from home that even the vast majority of business are closed during August. It's such a big long vacation that the country practically shuts down to 'essential services only'.