(also in singularLupercal /ˈlo͞opərˌkal/)
plural noun[usually treated as singular]
An ancient Roman festival of purification and fertility, held annually on February 15.
- Valentine's Day has its origins in the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia, an annual festival held on Feb.15 to help keep dangerous wolves away from townspeople and their crops.
- However, the customs connected with the day also probably derive from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, which took place every February 15.
- February 15 was the date of the Roman festival of Lupercalia - the Wolf - where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.
- Example sentences
- Anyway, it seems the Lupercalian festival changed as the Romans moved north into France and Britain.
- It became associated with Lupercalian festivals and, as a result, was condemned by the early Christian Church.
- The date fell during the Roman Lupercalian celebrations, which were associated with fertility and sexuality.
Latin, neuter plural of lupercalis 'relating to Lupercus', Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan.
Words that rhyme with LupercaliaAustralia, azalea, bacchanalia, Castalia, dahlia, echolalia, genitalia, inter alia, Mahalia, marginalia, paraphernalia, regalia, Saturnalia, Thalia, Westphalia
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