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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 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs) 23:29, 15 August 2007
I think the page adequately highlights the (pagan/agricultural) origins of the festival and how it was absorbed into Catholic tradition, but please improve as you see fit. Donama (talk) 01:10, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
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'.
The following discussion has concluded. Please do not modify this section. Result of discussion: No merge.
I strongly suggest to merge this article to Assumption of Mary. This is an excessive localistic (without reason) article about the same holiday
(It's an holiday in several counties. And I can not think that thing like going to beaches in a summer day, mostly an off-duty day, is Italian only and typical. Does are a distinguished articles really worth it?! ) --Uno nessuno e 100000 (talk) 06:58, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
Strong oppose It makes zero sense to merge. The Assumption of Mary page is mostly about the theology/devotion and a religious feast as a minor part. It takes place in the whole world, not just Italy. The Italian holiday has zero religious connection. No point in merging. The fact that they happen on the same day is irrelevant, unless you are viewing the world through Italian lenses. The same day is also Independence Day in the Congo (1960) and Independence Day (India) (1947) and Liberation Day in South Korea (Gwangbokjeol) - all big feasts. Do you want to merge them all too because they are on August 15? A merge with Gwangbokjeol would be less funny, but also pointless... History2007 (talk) 07:34, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Italian here. This holiday has no relation with the Assumption of Mary.--Enok (talk) 07:38, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
STRONGLY OPPOSE - this is pre-christianity and based on seasons... beginning with Augustus and also celebrated by pagans around the world... not everything needs to be morphed into christian context...! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 07:49, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
Strong oppose. Italian here too. Please note that Ferragosto is also a bank holiday, hence its non-religious character is stated by the law. Once the day might have been chosen to fit the widespread Catholic tradition (which builds upon the Pagan one) but it cannot be considered as a branch of a religious festival any more. --Jacob Sterlov (talk) 10:11, 15 August 2012 (UTC)