Ferragosto in Abruzzo: 15th August tradition based on arrosticini and sangria ūüć∑
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Ferragosto in Abruzzo: 15th August tradition based on arrosticini and sangria ūüć∑

Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated on 15 August in all of Italy. The modern Italian name of the holiday comes from the Latin name:¬†Feriae Augusti¬†(“Festivals [Holidays] of the¬†Emperor Augustus”). These were introduced by the emperor¬†Augustus¬†in 18¬†BCE. This was an addition to earlier ancient Roman¬†festivals¬†which fell in the same month, such as the¬†Vinalia¬†rustica¬†or the¬†Consualia, which celebrated the harvest and the end of a long period of intense agricultural labour.

The Italian tradition of taking a trip during Ferragosto arose under the¬†fascist regime and it is still very popular. The usual “grigliata di ferragosto” (Ferragosto barbecue) in Abruzzo is made with arrosticini, typically made from sheep meat, or lamb, cut in chunks and pierced by a skewer.

Sangria has also become a Ferragosto tradition, it is fresh and thirst-quenching, with seasonal fruit, and you can enjoy it with meals or any moment of this special festive day.

Sangria recipe : https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-traditional-red-sangria/. The history of arrosticini: http://www.arrosticinoitaliano.com/the-history-of-arrosticini/

‚ÄúAlla Madonna di agosto si rinfresca il bosco‚ÄĚ

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