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Pagan Calendar - Roman Calendar

Salii Festival

Summary

Salii Festival

Calendar

Roman

Date

Mar 21 Every year

Description

In the Roman calendar, March was sacred to Mars. The "jumping priests," or Salii began the Festival of the Salii on March 21 with a purification of the sacred trumpets that the Romans carried off to war. That date was originally the new year because it was the start of the growing and campaign season.

On March 21, the Salii marched to the Regia taking the bronze Ancilia, the sacred shield that had fallen down from heaven, and its 11 copies. They danced through the streets carrying poles with the shields mounted on them in their left hands. With their other hand, they banged the shields with a drumstick. Even in the time of Cicero, the hymns they sang were so ancient that Cicero could not understand them.

At the end of each night, they would stop at a place to be feasted before starting up again the next day.

This festival would end on March 24 when they would return to the Regia and return the shields.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feralia


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