Sunday, February 17, 2008

Feb 15 weird holidays

If you still want to celebrate the month devoted to love, you might enjoy the ancient Roman festival Lupercalia. The celebration was to ward off evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. The celebration began February 13 and concluded on the 15th. The Romans celebrated the festival in honor of the She-Wolf and kicked off with a sacrifice of two goats and a dog. Next, a feast followed. The Luperci (priests) donned the skins of the goats and ran around the city, whipping women with thongs from the goatskin. These whippings ensured fertility, prevented sterility, and eased the pain of childbirth.

The pagan celebration was outlawed in the 5th century.

Kinda makes you appreciate the flowers and chocolate, huh? :)

Susan B. Anthony struggled to secure women's rights, especially voting and equal rights. Her life is honored today.

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