Lupercalia

[ loo-per-key-lee-uh, ‐keyl-yuh ]
/ ˌlu pərˈkeɪ li ə, ‐ˈkeɪl yə /

noun, plural Lu·per·ca·li·a, Lu·per·ca·li·as.

a festival held in ancient Rome on the 15th of February to promote fertility and ward off disasters.

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Lupercalia
/ (ˌluːpɜːˈkeɪlɪə) /

noun plural -lia or -lias

an ancient Roman festival of fertility, celebrated annually on Feb 15See also Saint Valentine's Day

Derived forms of Lupercalia

Lupercalian, adjective

Word Origin for Lupercalia

Latin, from Lupercālis belonging to Lupercus, a Roman god of the flocks
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