Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – Festival of Luna

August 24th

Festival of Luna


Luna, the Roman Goddess of the moon, often identified with Selene, the Greek Goddess of the moon. Her temple was on the Aventine Hill, and there was another temple to Luna “Noctiluca” (Luna that shines by night) on the Palatine Hill. It was during Luna’s festival that the cover was removed from the mundus-ritual pit. This allowed the spirits of the Underworld to roam free. Thus, all public business was forbidden. Her other festivals were held on August 28 and March 28, at which times the focal point was again the removal of the mundus. It is likely that all secular activities were ceased at these times so as not to disturb or anger the spirits, should they damage the crops or obstruct planting and harvest activities.