- a festival held in ancient Rome on the 15th of February to promote fertility and ward off disasters.
Examples from the Web for lupercalia
Historical Examples of lupercalia
The ritual of the Lupercalia is almost a solitary exception.
To these belonged the Lupercalia, Carmentalia, and Agonalia.The Fables of Phdrus
The final attempt was made at the Lupercalia on the 15th of February.Stories of the Olden Time
He is trying to discover the meaning of the practices of the Lupercalia at Rome.Modern Mythology
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.
- an ancient Roman festival of fertility, celebrated annually on Feb 15See also Saint Valentine's Day
Word Origin for Lupercalia
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.)).