The Feralia - Calendar of Revelry and Sacred Days

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The Feralia
Calendar of Revelry and Sacred Days

One of several Roman festivals of the dead, most of what we know regarding the Feralia, the surviving information, derives from Book 2 of Ovid’s Fasti. The Feralia began on February 21st and was the day to appease ancestral spirits.

Romans stayed home. Sanctuaries were closed. No weddings were held; only offerings to the spirits of the dead and their presiding deities were given. Visits were made to family tombs. According to Ovid, offerings typically consisted of votive garlands, sprinklings of grain, a few grains of salt, violets and bread soaked in wine. The dead had modest desires; what they wanted most of all was recognition and remembrance.