To honor their gods the Romans gave
festivals. There were so many gods that it seemed like there was
a festival almost every night. In the course of these festivals
some customs have come down through the ages that we still use
today. For example:
We celebrate Valentines
day. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia that honored
Venus the Goddess of Love. Venus had a son Cupid who went around
spreading love between couples. It was considered lucky to get
married or engaged during Lupercalia. For a short time, the Romans
even tried to match make on this day by having young people pull names
out of a hat to become their husband or wife.
Some scholars credit the
Romans with inventing the May Day pole. Like many other
ancient people, the Romans celebrated the beginning of summer on
May 1st or May day.
most ancient people, the Romans celebrated the middle of winter.
They saw this as the beginning of a new cycle of growth. The
middle of winter meant that soon spring would be here and things would
start to grow again. Around the 25th of December, the Romans gave gifts
and decorated their homes with greenery. Sound familiar?
& Other Holidays
Gods and Goddesses