The boys used to go through the streets, at the Lupercalia flogging themselves.
The ritual of the Lupercalia is almost a solitary exception.
It has long been clear to me that any attempt to explain the details of the Lupercalia on a single hypothesis must be a failure.
The final attempt was made at the Lupercalia on the 15th of February.
He is trying to discover the meaning of the practices of the Lupercalia at Rome.
The Roman god of fertility; his festival day was 15th February, and the festivals were called Lupercalia.
Mr. Douce thinks the custom of choosing valentines was a survival from the Roman feast of the Lupercalia.
The boys used to go through the streets at the Lupercalia, flogging themselves.
To these belonged the Lupercalia, Carmentalia, and Agonalia.
The action in the preceding scene took place on the day of the Lupercalia; the action in this is on the eve of the Ides of March.
Roman festival held Feb. 15, in honor of Lupercus, god (identified with Lycean Pan) who had a grotto at the foot of the Palatine Hill, from Latin Lupercalia (plural), from Lupercalis "pertaining to Lupercus," whose name derives from lupus "wolf" (see wolf (n.)).