Di benedicaris vos.
Following the successful Summer holidays which have been incorporated into the Collegio Sacerdae’s participatory holiday calendar — that is, the holidays we actively celebrate as large festivals here –, the Collegio resumes activity by publishing holidays for this month. Already, the Sacra Flameno has observed the Festival of Fides and the Bacchanalia — having conducted a prayer for the goddess Fides and the god Dionysos.
Before I Octobro (1 October), the Office of the Sôgmô published this brochure of Sandum holidays in Octobro (October). As apparent, the holidays for this month are dominantly of the Sancta branch of Sandum culture. The brochure explains the divinities Fides, Dionysos, Felicitas, Fontus, and the god Ares in the major festival of the Armilustrium. All descriptions include available historical knowledge of the festival and the information behind the holiday’s celebration in Sandus, as well as a short explanation about why we celebrate these holidays.
Report on Lucaria, Neptunalia, & Furrinalia
Congruent with the publication of the first edition of the Tellus Sibyl, one ought to observe the impact on the Sandum culture from the three festivals of Lucaria, Neptunalia, and Furrinalia. These three festivals dedicated to water have an indirect historical link to Roman agriculture and, as a result of their adoption into the Sandum culture, have become a major cultural addition to the Sandum Nation. With the rise of agrarianism in Sandum culture due to the commencement of the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative, these three festivals are synonymous with the growth of agriculture’s importance in a self-created nation and state. The Lucaria established the lucus, or grove or sacred land, upon which Tellus was dedicated around le Palaso d’Etato; all future land worked by the Tellus Agrarian Cooperative will be dedicated each Lucaria as a lucus and all current luci will be rededicated. The Neptunalia was a time of relaxation, especially around the cool waters and the cool shade of Summer, as well as a festival of potable waters. The Furrinalia was a festival dedicated to the goddess Furrina, who was associated with water and who had become obscure by the late Republican era; however, it is known that Furrina had a lucus on the Ianiculum in which Gaius Gracchus was killed by the optimate faction of the Senate. Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus were both celebrated and mourned on the Furrinalia this year, establishing the tradition of mourning their assassination by the Optimates, an aristocratic and conservative faction during the Republic.