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Buon Ferragosto

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Today is August 15, 2013. It’s Thursday. It’s another work day for most, a day of holy obligation if you are Catholic (Assumption Thursday), and if you are in Italy it’s a day of vacation and fun. Ferragosto is an important holiday in Italy. It is a day to spend with family and friends to relax, enjoy the sun and celebrate basically nothing – but life.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, dealing with family and health and happy to say that things are looking up.
I realized that Ferragosto doesn’t exist in the States, no holiday really close to it other than Independence Day, perhaps? So I thought if we could have a day like Ferragosto, what would I do and what would we eat?

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I’d definitely pack up the family and some friends and head out to the beach. Grabbing some fresh bread, garden tomatoes, cheese, sopressata, prosciutto, olives and homemade wine, and we are off to celebrate “nothing” but each other.
You don’t realize how hectic life is, especially living in the States. Personally I had to take time off and tend to family and it forced me to stop for a while. It made me realize how fast life is going by and how rarely we stop to appreciate each other. It also showed me who and what matters in my life and what really doesn’t.

There is something to be said about Italians. I understand that things are changing over in Italy as well, but holidays like Ferragosto will never stop. To relax is just as important as working. Spending time with family is as vital as breathing. So, every year when you look at your calendar on August 15. Take it as a signal like a Buddhist does when a bell rings – to stop, breathe and stay present. August 15 will remind you of what life should truly be about.

Buon Ferragosto!