Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year for Feb. 13th
The ancient Roman festival of Parentalia began with the senior Vestal Virgin performing rites in honor of the dead. For the following eight days of the festival, each family in Rome would pay tribute to its ancestors by leaving offerings and gifts at their graves. During this time, temples were closed, marriages were forbidden, and magistrates did not wear official insignia.
On the last day of Parentalia a public ceremony was held, culminating in a sacrifice to Faunus, also known as Pan, a pastoral and oracular God who revealed the future through dreams.