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  • Hence the place where he was worshipped was called lupercal, and his festival lupercalia, which was celebrated in February, at which the luperci ran up and down the city naked, having only a girdle of goat skin round their waists, and thongs of the same in their hands, with which they struck those they met.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology For Classical Schools (2nd ed)

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  • Roman: observed on February 13 through February 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. The god Lupercus (synonymous with Faunus) celebrated the founding of his temple on February 15, which was also considered Lupercalia. His priests were nude save for a girdle of goatskin. A goat and a dog would be sacrificed.

    March 5, 2009

  • An ancient pre-Roman festival meant to drive off evil spirits.

    March 6, 2007