- Jan 24, 2020
In Italy, the days surrounding the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary, which coincides with a major national holiday, is typically a time of pious celebration for churchgoers, however, reading the papers might leave a drastically different impression.
Italy’s traditional August “ferragosto” lull offers a reminder of the thousand-and-one ways in which Italian culture shapes the ethos of the Vatican.
While being a big fan of the post-lunch siesta, Pope Francis has never adopted the Italian tradition of ‘Ferragosto’ when people abandon the hot cities and escape to the nearby beaches. The workaholic pope decided instead to spend the summer at his home in the Vatican for what in American argot is called a ‘staycation.’