BY: Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Ferragosto” is traditionally celebrated in Italy on Aug. 15, and our own Pittsburgh version of the Italian holiday will be celebrated this weekend in the Strip District. As with many customs that we have taken from the old country, we have made it our own, and how we do it here provides a simple lesson for divisive times.
Emperor Caesar Augustus established “ferragosto” as a day of rest at the end of the harvest, but it eventually became the central date around which Italians now take their summer vacations. For much of August, businesses are practically shut down, and beaches and mountain retreats are packed.