Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Roman antiquity, a joyous festival in honor of Cybele, celebrated at the vernal equinox.
“As a result, the word hilaria from the Latin hilaris which means cheerful. and the Greek hilaros which means glad came to refer to any festival of rejoicing.”
“* All the ancient festivals respecting the return and exaltation of the sun were of this description: hence the hilaria of the Roman calendar at the period of the passage,”
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