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Parentalia

February 13
This was an ancient Roman festival held in honor of the manes, or souls of the dead—in particular, deceased relatives. It began a season for remembering the dead, which ended with the Feralia on February 21. This week was a quiet, serious occasion, without the rowdiness that characterized other Roman festivals. Everything, including the temples, closed down, and people decorated graves with flowers and left food—sometimes elaborate banquets—in the cemeteries in the belief that it would be eaten by the spirits of the deceased. February 22 was devoted to forgiveness and the restoration of friendships broken during the preceding year.
SOURCES:
DaysCustFaith-1957, p. 53
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 673
DictRomRel-1996, p. 174
FestRom-1981, p. 74
FestSaintDays-1915, p. 31
OxYear-1999, p. 75
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So too, on Ambrose's prohibition of the Parentalia, he quotes Rebecca West as saying that the practice "was too like picknicking for his type of mind" (2:336).