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    Roman Harvest Festival

    The Roman celebration of Cerelia which is a harvest festival was dedicated to the honor of Ceres. Ceres was their goddess of corn. It was also an autumnal festival held each year on October 4th. Offerings of the first fruits of the harvest and pigs were made to Ceres. The celebration included music, parades, games and sports and a thanksgiving feast.

    June is said to be named after the Roman goddess Juno who was the goddess of fertility and fruitfulness. June was when the grain crops began to ripen and farmers were hoping and praying for a good harvest.

    After Mid-summer, the days began to get shorter and in several European countries people would light bonfires to encourage the sun to stay longer, and to keep away witches.

    The Vinalia was the wine festival for the vineyard manís holiday. On this day, the priest called the Flamen Dialis performed the auspicatio vindemiae which means that he plucked the year's first ripe grapes and prayed and sacrificed to the gods, asking that they protect and bless the entirety of the crop.

    The history of this wine festival has not been decided by historians as to the link with the goddess Venus. It is said that the Vinalia was held in her honor and that she was invoked on this day. It is also suggested that Venus also ruled growing plants.



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