What day is today? Is it just another weekday, or some great ancient festival? And how about your birthday? Is it sacred to some god in the Roman Pantheon? Our ancient ancestors always knew what day it was -- they had a calendar so constant it was chiseled in stone and painted on walls in their homes. The days had names, not numbers, and the holiday celebrations were open to everyone.
This Roman Calendar will tell you all about the ancient holidays, as well as what days to shop, when to do business, what days to litigate, and what rites were performed on solemn days.View the calendar and find the day you are interested in. There are no dates, but it's easy to get used to. Click on the day and a complete summary, including the modern calendar date, will come up.
Our ancestors in Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, and Egypt celebrated festivals that came from beyond antiquity. Many of them were deeply rooted in the customs of our agricultural forbearers. The systematic attempt to erase this part of human history has been largely but not completely successful. The roots of ancient festivals survive just beneath the surface of many modern holidays. The Floralia (May Day), the Lupercalia (Valentine's Day), All Fool's Day (April Fool's Day), the time of fasting after the Entry of the Reed (Lent), the Day of Blood (Good Friday), the Entry of the Tree (Palm Sunday), the Festival of Joy (Easter), the Saturnalia & Halcyon Days (Christmas), and the Roman New Year's Day & the Festival of Mars (Mardi Gras/Carnival) all bear witness to a truer and deeper heritage.
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