What is the significance of the Lupercal?
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Moreover, what is the significance of the Feast of Lupercal?
In the play Julius Caesar, the Feast of Lupercal was a fertility festival honoring Pan, and was celebrated in the Coliseum. One of the events was a foot race. There were also animal sacrifices and they ate goat. Wikipedia also says that there were ritual whippings.
Secondly, is Lupercalia still celebrated? More than a Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day, like Halloween, is rooted in pagan partying. The annual pagan celebration, called Lupercalia, was held every year on February 15 and remained wildly popular well into the fifth century A.D.—at least 150 years after Constantine legalized Christianity in the Roman Empire.
Also Know, is Lupercalia a real thing?
Lupercalia was an ancient pagan festival held each year in Rome on February 15. Unlike Valentine's Day, however, Lupercalia was a bloody, violent and sexually-charged celebration awash with animal sacrifice, random matchmaking and coupling in the hopes of warding off evil spirits and infertility.
When did Lupercalia end?
Lupercalia may have started at the time of the founding of Rome (traditionally 753 B.C.) or even before. It ended about 1200 years later, at the end of the 5th century A.D., at least in the West, although it continued in the East for another few centuries.