The Festival of Juno Sospita - Calendar of Revelry and Sacred Days

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The Festival of Juno Sospita
Calendar of Revelry and Sacred Days

Juno’s name derives from the same roots as the word “one.” One is her sacred number and the first day of each month is dedicated to her. The festival of Juno Sospita, Juno the Savior or Defender, was held on February 1st. Juno the Savior was considered the Mother of Rome, Matron Deity of the Republic.

On Roman coins, dating from 105 BCE, Juno Sospita is depicted clad in goatskins complete with horns. Sacrifices were made to Juno the Savior on February 1st, and young girls offered barley cakes to the sacred snakes who lived in her grove. (See also Lupercalia, page 209.)