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Idus Februarias

13 February

Idus Februarias, a Roman holiday, falls on what is now the 13th of February in our modern Gregorian calendar.

The Ides were a religious festival that actually went on for 9 days, from the 13th through to the 21st February inclusive. The first day, the 13th, was called the "Idus Februarias"; the entire period was called the "parentalia."

The Romans believed the February was a month in which the souls of the dead could enter this world. Consequently, this became a period to honour your ancestors with offerings at their tombs. Romans would leave flowers, a trickle of wine, bread crumbs, or a sprinkle of salt.

The entire month of February was dedicated to Mars and Juno.

See also:

All February food days

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Oulton, Randal. "Idus Februarias." CooksInfo.com. Published 12 March 2004; revised 31 May 2009. Web. Accessed 12/12/2017. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/idus-februarias>.

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