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Patti Wigington

Imbolc Countdown: Februalia

By January 28, 2014

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The ancient Romans had a festival for nearly everything, and if you were a god, you almost always got your own holiday. Februus, for whom the month of February is named, was a god associated with both death and purification. His celebration, Februalia, was a month-long period of sacrifice and atonement, involving offerings to the gods, prayer, and sacrifices, beginning on January 30. If you were a wealthy Roman who didn't have to go out and work, you could literally spend the entire month of February in prayer and meditation, atoning for your misdeeds during the other eleven months of the year: Februalia - A Time of Purification
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