Ferragosto, an Italian holiday celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary (originally there were other reasons to celebrate the date), is August 15th.
A great phrase in Italian is "Fare la ponte." The literal meaning is "to make the bridge." Colloquially, the phrase signifies taking extra days off in order to link a holiday with a weekend and have a longer vacation. Good idea, right?
While I can't exactly justify a three week bridge because of a one day holiday in country where I don't live, I'll be taking a bit of an internet pausa. I am off to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference in Vermont. If you are interested in my life as a writer, I invite you to visit my writing coach blog.
In the meanwhile, you might celebrate the holiday yourself by watching the movie Mid-August Lunch that takes place on Ferragosto in Rome. It is a lovely, tender movie available streaming on Netflix.