Ancient Romans had a lot of feasts and last year after going to Italy I did some digging about those celebrations. Several of them were to honor the dead as was one called "Parentalia" held every February 13th, specifically to remember their dead, especially parents, including in the process some heavy drinking.
21st a feast called "Feralia" (which I will explain to you on this blog on February 21st), people visited cemeteries outside the city and placed flowers, milk
and wine on the graves of their parents. By doing this, they hoped to
stop the dead from feeling hungry and returning to plague the living.
Later on these days were followed on the 22nd by the Caristia, the day
of Cara Cognatio which was a sort of family re-union of members
still living. Quarrels were patched up, offenses forgiven and a sacred,
but joyful meal to which everyone brought something was shared in the
presence of the household Lares to whom offerings were made.
It was not inappropriate either to offer a toast to the Emperor's
So eventually it was nine days and called the parentalia
novendialia. It's possible that Christianity "baptized" this practice
as the "novena".
Purpose of this Blog
Rob Gutro is an author, paranormal investigator and medium with Inspired Ghost Tracking of Maryland. Since he was a child he could receive messages from ghosts or spirits (who have crossed over). *He wrote the books "Pets and the Afterlife," "Pets and the Afterlife 2," "Ghosts and Spirits" and "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead" to teach others how ghosts and Spirits communicate with the living and to give proof of the afterlife. As a scientist, he also provides some scientific explanations about how energy is the baseline for the afterlife and the medium that entities use to communicate.