Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for Feb. 22nd – Caristia or Cara Cognatio

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February 22nd


Carista or Cara Cognatio


This was not an official Roman holiday but was nevertheless celebrated on an annual basis. This was a cheerful time that followed the somber activities of the Feralia. Caristia was set aside to renew family ties and settle disputes. There would be a family meal and offerings would be made to the household Lares. The holiday was converted into the feast of St. Peter and continued to be celebrated well into the 12th century.