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Auguri from the Pandola Learning Center for the 75th Festa della Repubblica. In Italy, June 2nd is the Italian National Day and Republic Day. It is one of the national symbols of Italy. The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government (monarchy or republic), following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism.

The ceremonial of the event organized in Rome includes the deposition of a laurel wreath as a tribute to the Unknown Soldier at the Altare della Patria by the President of the Italian Republic and a military parade along Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome while the Frecce Tricolori< pay tribute high above.

Read on for ‘THE’ Pandola celebration of the summer…

Often imitated, but never duplicated, and entering our 25th year in the heart of Little Italy (nel cuore della Piccola Italia), teaching the language, culture and cucina of la nostra bella Italia, the Reverend Oreste Pandola Learning Center will hold its’ 13th ANNUAL FERRAGOSTO CELEBRATION on SUNDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2021 at VINNY’S CAFÉ, 6212 HOLABIRD AVENUE, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 21224 beginning at 11:30am.

In Italy, annually celebrated on August 15th, FERRAGOSTO may well be considered the height of the Italian summer. Many Italians still take their summer vacation around this time, with the cities emptying and the beaches (spiaggie), mountains (montagne), and parks (parchi), filling up.

FERRAGOSTO, which coincides with the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary, is a holiday that dates back to Roman Emperor Augustus’ times. Several festivals took place during the month of August to celebrate the harvest; in 18BC, Augustus introduced ‘Feriae Augusti’ to connect them all and provide a longer period of rest after the intense agricultural labor of the harvest.

The popular tradition of taking a trip at Ferragosto was introduced in the second half of the 1920’s and was established as a national holiday by Mussolini. This initiated the process of vacationing in August, when most of Italy shuts down. The tradition continues with Ferragosto being a true celebration of summer.

Come celebrate with us! Italian music, food, dear friends and family…a true ‘festa all’italiana’.

Sunday/domenica August 15th, 2021/15 agosto 2021 11:30am/11,30am at/da Vinny’s Café 6212 Holabird Avenue Baltimore, Md. 21224


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