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Feb. 15: The Festival of Lupercalia

By February 13, 2014

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In addition to being the month of Valentine's Day and Imbolc, February is the time of the annual Roman festival of Lupercalia. Started back when Rome was just a bunch of shepherds in huts on a hillside, Lupercalia became a fertility celebration that welcomed Spring each year, much like Imbolc does for us today. The festivities included animal sacrifice, running through the streets, and being whipped with blood-soaked hides. All of this was topped off with a love lottery, in which young men drew the names of ladies out of a jar. You can read more about this early version of Valentine's Day here: Lupercalia.
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