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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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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. More...
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:23:58 PM

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I'd celebrate this day, watching horror movies a lot.
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:52:53 PM

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Here, We have a similar "party" on December, 02.
Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:45:49 AM

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(The festivals of the dead in ancient Rome)

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The ancient Romans had a festival for just about everything, and honoring your family’s dead was no exception.

The Parentalia was, unlike many other Roman celebrations, often a time of quiet, personal reflection rather than boisterous merrymaking. Families often gathered together, visited the ancestral tombs of their forebears, and offered libations to the dead. Sometimes offerings of bread and wine were left for the deceased kinfolk, and if a family had a household deity, a small sacrifice might be made to them as well.

During the Parentalia, which traditionally lasted seven days (although some sources place it at eight or nine), Romans suspended much of their regular businesses. Weddings were put on hold during that time, temples shut their doors to the public, and politicians and lawmakers postponed all business during the Parentalia.

On the final day of Parentalia, a public feast called the Feralia was held. Although little is known about the specific rituals of Feralia, Ovid writes:

Now ghostly spirits and the entombed dead wander,
Now the shadow feeds on the nourishment that's offered.
But it only lasts till there are no more days in the month
Than the feet that my metres possess.
This day they call the Feralia because they bear
Offerings to the dead: the last day to propitiate the shades.
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:26:14 AM
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also remember your love ones
Omar Mariani
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:26:23 PM

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It is all right to honour and remember your loved ones but it is a fact, an undeniable fact, a truism: The Dead are dead, they do not need any food
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