The origins of the August 15th anniversary are ancient and must be sought in the Consulalia, that is the Roman feasts in honor of the god Conso, divinity of the harvest stored in the barns.
During these holidays they used to exchanged gifts reciting the phrase “Bonas ferias consulales”. When the Roman month corresponding to August was dedicated to the emperor Caesar Augustus, the formula changed to “Bonas feria augustales”, a wish very similar to our “Good mid-August”!
Caesar Augustus then decided, in 18 d. C., to institute the feast of Ferragosto, called at the time of the Augustei or Feria Augustalis (ie the Augustus holidays) to celebrate the harvest and the end of the work in the fields.
Connecting to the other holidays established during the month of August, this festival allowed the workers to rest, about a month, after a long year of hard work. During the festivities, throughout the Roman Empire, horse, donkey and mule races were set up, dressed up with brightly colored flowers.