Thursday

Happy Palilia!


On this day an annual festival called the Palilia (Feast of Pales) was celebrated in ancient Rome to honor the pastoral goddess Pales.  In the country, special purification rites were performed to keep the sheep disease-free.  Shepherds, followed by their flock, would traditionally leap through bonfires.  In the city of Rome, the festival was celebrated with wine and merriment.


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