Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite ...more on Wikipedia about "Ambarvalia"
An amburbial sacrifice, also known as amburbia or amburbale sacrum, was an ancient Roman religious festival, wherein participants made processions around their city with the beast to be sacrificed. ...more on Wikipedia about "Amburbia"
Anthesphoria, in antiquity, was a flower- festival celebrated in Sicily, and to a lesser extent Peloponnesus, in honor of Proserpine (or Persephone in Greek mythology). ...more on Wikipedia about "Anthesphoria"
Argei were doll-like figures meant to resemble bound human men, and used ceremonially during the ancient Roman Empire. Their ritual purpose was to be thrown from the Sublician bridge into the river Tiber by Vestal virgins on the Ides of May, May 15, of each year. The exact purpose of the ritual is somewhat unclear. Perhaps the most popular explanation, originating with Dionysius of Halicarnassus, is that the ritual is a continuation of one in which actual humans were regularly sacrificed to the Tiber, though this appears to be incorrect. Alternative interpretations from modern historians involve a pre-Impirial rite whose purpose was to encourage rain, or as an annual re-enactment of the execution by drowning of twenty-seven captured Greeks. ...more on Wikipedia about "Argei"
The Armilustrium was a festival in honor of Mars, the god of war, celebrated on October 19. On this day the weapons of the soldiers were ritually purified and stored for winter. The army would be assembled and reviewed in the Circus Maximus, garlanded with flowers and the trumpets (tubae) would be played as part of the purification rites. The Romans gathered with their arms and armour on the Aventine Hill, and held a procession with torches and sacrificial animals. The dancing priests of Mars known as the Salii may also have taken part in the ceremony. ...more on Wikipedia about "Armilustrium"
The Augustalia was a festival at Rome, in commemoration of the day on which Augustus returned to Rome, after he had established peace over the different parts of the empire. It was first established in the year of Rome 735. ...more on Wikipedia about "Augustalia"
The Bacchanalia were wild and mystic festivals of the Roman god Bacchus. Introduced into Rome from lower Italy by way of Etruria (c. 200 BC), the bacchanalia were held in secret and attended by women only, on three days in the year in the grove of Simila near the Aventine Hill. Subsequently, admission to the rites was extended to men and celebrations took place five times a month. According to Livy, that happened in the time when the leader of the Bacchus cult was Paculla Annia - though it is now believed that some men had participated before that. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bacchanalia"
In Roman festivals, the Brumalia was a feast of Bacchus, celebrated among the Romans during the space of thirty days, commencing on November 24. It was instituted by Romulus, who used, during this time, to entertain the senate. During this feast indications were taken of the felicity of the remaining part of the winter. ...more on Wikipedia about "Brumalia"
Cerealia was a 7-day holiday celebrated in ancient Rome in honor of the goddess Ceres. The exact dates of the April festival are uncertain: it may have started on April 12 and ended on April 19 (Or it may have started on the Ides of April, i.e. April 13, or even on April 7.) ...more on Wikipedia about "Cerealia"
The Consuales Ludi or Consualia is a festival which honors Consus, the god of counsel, and the one who protects the harvest which is in storage at the time of the festival, which took place about the middle of Sextilis (see 21 August). The harvest grains were stored in underground vaults, and the temple of Consus was also underground. This shrine was covered with earth all year and was only uncovered for this one day. Mars, as a protector of the harvest, was also honored on this day, as were the lares, the household gods that individual families held sacred. ...more on Wikipedia about "Consualia"
The Divalia was a Roman festival held on December 21, in honour of the goddess Angerona, whence it is also called Angeronalia. On the day of this festival the pontifices performed sacrifices in the temple of Voluptia, or the goddess of joy and pleasure, who, some say, was the same with Angerona, and supposed to drive away all the sorrow and chagrin of life. ...more on Wikipedia about "Divalia"
In Roman festivals, the Epulum Jovis was a sumptuous feast offered to Jupiter on November 13. The gods were formally invited, and attended; for the statues were brought in rich beds, furnished with soft pillows, called pulvinaria. Thus accommodated, their godships were placed on their couches at the most honourable part of the table, and served with the rich dainties, as if they were able to eat; but the epulones, or ministers, who had the care and management of the feast, performed that function for them, and no doubt did the part of gastronomic proxies with eclat. ...more on Wikipedia about "Epulum Jovis"
The Equirria (Festival of Mars - held on February 27, First Equirria and March 14, Second Equirria) were holy days with religious and military significance at either end of the new year celebrations for Mars. The Roman state placed great emphasis on celebrating the god of war - to support the army, and to boost public morale. Priests performed rites purifying of the army. Celebrants held horse races on the Campius Martius (field of Mars), and drove a scapegoat was driven out of the city of Rome, expelling the old and bringing in the new. March 1 was the New Year in the Julian Calendar. ...more on Wikipedia about "Equirria"
In Roman religion, the Feast of the Lemures, called the Lemuralia or Lemuria, was a feast during which the ancient Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes. The unwholesome and malevolent specters of the restless dead ( lemures) were propitiated with offerings of beans. On those days, the Vestals would prepare sacred mola salsa (salt cake) from the first ears of wheat of the season. ...more on Wikipedia about "Feast of the Lemures"
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Feralia was a Roman feast honoring the "infernal powers". It typically fell on February 22 and was the last day of the Parentalia, a week-long festival that honored the dead. The Feralia was also religious holiday sacred to Jupiter, whose surname was Feretrius. ...more on Wikipedia about "Feralia"
The Floralia was an ancient Roman festival dedicated to the goddess Flora. It was held in April or early May and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. On IV Kalends Mai was the Floralia. Dedicated to the goddess of flowers and vegetation Flora, this day was considered by the prostitutes of Rome to be their own. While flowers decked the temples, Roman citizens wore colorful clothing instead of the usual white. ...more on Wikipedia about "Floralia"
(Fordicia) Roman festival for the god Tellus held April 15 where a pregnant cow was sacrified, the calf fetus burned, and the ashes saved for the Parilia fesival. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fordicia"
The Roman festival of Larentalia was held on December 23, but was ordered to be observed twice a year by Augustus; by some supposed to be in honour of the Lares, a kind of domestic genii, or divinities, worshipped in houses, and esteemed the guardians and protectors of families, supposed to reside in chimney-corners. Others have attributed this feast in honour of Acca Larentia, the nurse of Romulus and Remus, and wife of Faustulus. ...more on Wikipedia about "Larentalia"
The Liberalia ( 17 March) is the festival of Liber Pater and his consort Libera. The Romans celebrated Liberalia with sacrifices, processions, ribald and gauche songs, and masks which were hung on trees. ...more on Wikipedia about "Liberalia"
The Lucaria was an ancient Roman feast, solemnized in the woods, where the Romans, defeated and pursued by the Gauls, retired and concealed themselves; it was held, on July 19, in a wood, between the Tyber and the road called Via Salaria. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lucaria"
The Apollinarian games, or Ludi Apollinares, in ancient Rome, were solemn games held annually by the Romans in honor of the god Apollo. The tradition goes that at the first celebration hereof, they were suddenly invaded by the enemy, and obliged to take to their arms; upon which occasion a cloud of darts and arrows falling upon their enemies, the Romans soon returned victors to their sports. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ludi Apollinares"
The Ludi Romani ("Roman Games") were a religious festival in ancient Rome. They were held annually since 366 BC, normally from 12 to 14 September, but extended to 5 to 19 September, and eventually started at 4 September in honour of the murdered Julius Caesar. The festival first introduced drama to Rome based on Greek drama. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ludi Romani"
The Lupercalia was an annual Roman festival held on February 15 to honour Faunus, god of fertility and forests. Justin Martyr identified Faunus as Lupercus, 'the one who wards off the wolf', but his identification is not supported by any earlier classical sources. The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine (one of the seven Roman hills), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. This festival's origins are older than the founding of Rome. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lupercalia"
Matronalia (or Matronales Feriae) was a festival celebrated in Ancient Rome on March 1 every year in honour of Juno in her role of Juno Lucina, the goddess of childbirth ("Juno who brings children into the light"). Prior to the reform of the Roman calendar by Julius Caesar, this was the first day of the new year. It was also shared with the first day of the Feriae Marti. ...more on Wikipedia about "Matronalia"
In Roman religion Meditrinalia was a minor festival celebrated on October 11 in honor of the new vintage, which was offered in libations to the gods for the first time each year. ...more on Wikipedia about "Meditrinalia" My way is www.shortopedia.com
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