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Feralia

February 21
This ancient Roman festival marked the culmination of a week-long celebration in honor of the manes, spirits of the dead. It began on February 13 with the Parentalia, a private celebration in honor of deceased family members, and ended on February 21 with a public celebration known as the Feralia. This was the day on which offerings and gifts were placed on the graves of the deceased and the anniversary of the funeral feast was celebrated. The Feralia was similar to the later Christian holiday, All Souls' Day.
SOURCES:
DictFolkMyth-1984, p. 673
FestRom-1981, p. 74
FestSaintDays-1915, p. 191
OxClassDict-1970, p. 434
OxYear-1999, p. 85
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Around the end of October, the Romans would celebrate Feralia, a day to remember the dead, similar to Samhain.
8) Les Parentalia (9) se decomposent en plusieurs phases: le banquet des Feralia, les rites en l'honneur de Tacita et la cara cognatio, les Caristia.
Romans also had a celebration for the dead called Feralia which celebrated Roman spirits of the dead.
A plain is called Feralia Plan itia after the Roman All Souls Day in February.
Festivals were combined including one, that honoured the dead, called Feralia.
He writes of the Feralia, the holiday on the last day of the Roman calendar dedicated to propitiating the shades of the dead, "This custom was introduced into thy lands, righteous Latinus, by Aeneas, fit patron of piety.
DURING the Roman occupation of Britain, Samhain became associated with two Roman festivals - Feralia, when the passing of the dead was commemorated and a festival when Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees was honoured.
There seems to be a kind of fusion in Ovid of the feasts of the Feralia, a feast in honor of the dead celebrated in February, and the Lemuria, celebrated in May.
They merged existing Celtic traditions like Samhain with their own important days, such as a harvest festival called Poloma, and a celebration for the dead called Feralia.
These were Feralia, a celebration of the dead and Pomoro, a harvest festival.
Durante este periodo, dos festivales Romanos de otono fueron combinados con el festival Celtico de Samhain, Uno de ellos, llamado Feralia, se celebraba al final de octubre recordando a los muertos.