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Lupercalia (Feb 13- 15th or February 2)

Lupercalia is one of the most ancient Roman Pagan festivals, a rite celebrated every year in honor of Lupercus, the god of fertility. Lupercalia is a very ancient, possibly pre-Roman Stregan festival, observed on February 13 through 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. In Roman mythology, Lupercus is a god sometimes identified with the Roman god Faunus, who is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan.

The Lupercalia festival was partly in honor of Lupa, the she-wolf who suckled the infant orphans, Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, explaining the name of the festival, Lupercalia, or "Wolf Festival." The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine Hill (the central hill where Rome was traditionally founded) , to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. The Lupercal cave, which had fallen into a state of decay, was rebuilt by Augustus; the celebration of the festival had been maintained, as we know from the famous occurrence of it in 44 BC. A highly decorated cavern 50 feet (15 m) below Augustus' palace in the correct approximate location was discovered by archeologists in October 2007, which may prove to be the Lupercal cave when analyzed.

This holiday is based off of Italian Witchcraft, also known as Strega, or Stregheria (which is the path i'm currently going)

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Funny since both sides of my family are Italian you think I would be following Strega which I would be if it wasn't for the fact that Anubis then Bastet lay claim to me ages ago.

Edited at 2011-01-30 04:54 am (UTC)
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