Feriae Augusti were originally the festive days lasting the entire month of August, in honor of the Emperor Augustus. During this period, the Romans honored their pagan deities and women made votive offerings in temples to ask for protection during childbirth. Participation in all festivities was open also to slaves.
Nowadays, Ferragosto comprises the holidays of mid August during which most Italians go on vacation. Members and our friends at the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society and at Holy Rosary church celebrate the Sunday closest to the holiday with an Italian family-style picnic with food, Italian games such as “bocce” and “scopa”, music and entertainment.
As with all Italian events, children are welcome.