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Paganalia

(2 February)


Paganalia (also called Sementivae, Feriae Sementivae or Sementina dies) it was a Roman holiday in honor of Ceres (the goddess of vegetation and fertility) and Tellus (goddess of fertility), so-called sowing festival. Celebrated on February 2. On that day, sacrifices were made in the form of traditional sacrificial cakes, homemade baked goods and a pregnant sow for Ceres and Mater Tellus, thus asking for protection of the crops against birds, ants, cold weather, bad weather, weeds and parasites.

Sources

  • Jaczynowska Maria, Religie świata rzymskiego, Warszawa 1987
  • Zieliński Tadeusz, Religia Rzeczypospolitej Rzymskiej

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