Friday, March 18, 2011

ROMA March Festivals

Saturday March 19th, 2011

9:30am - Rekindling Vesta's Holy Flame

Our festivals begin this month with the Rekindling of the Flame in the Temple of Vesta in ROMA. After the ritual, we will proceed into the Subura for the rite of Matronalia!

10am - Matronalia Ritual and Ladies FĂȘte
Matronalia is the Roman equivalent of our Mother's Day, and this year, to honour the mothers and potential mothers of ROMA, we will be having a ritual to Juno - followed by a Ladies FĂȘte. We will have couples dancing, serving boys, and a special contest for the men only: present a poem or prose composition on/about a woman in your life. This can be a mother, sister, girlfriend, friend, whatever - but it must be an original composition about how you feel about this woman. (Positive commentary only!) There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

12pm - Subura Equirria Races
In honour of Mars and the Second Equirria, we are having a horse race from the Subura Gate, all the way through ROMA, and finishing in Transtiberim! Anyone can enter the race - you can bring your own horse, or use one of our demo horses. Even Centaurs are welcome! There will be a prize purse for the winner of the race!

Sunday March 20th, 2011

10am - Bacchanalia Celebration
Come join us for the Bacchanalia! In ancient times, the Bacchanalia was a wild and mystic festival celebrating Bacchus, God of the Grape Harvest and Ecstatic Revelry. These celebrations were originally held in secret and only attended by women. Later, the worship was opened to men, but still retained it's wild abandon. In ROMA, the Bacchanalia is our reason to party, drink, and be wild things! So come dressed in your wild man/wild woman best and party with us!

12pm - Quinquatria Ritual for Minerva and Boxing Matches
Minerva is the goddess of the Quinquatria, a balancing force of just & honourable battle against the passionate and wild war symbolised by Mars. Our ritual today honours Her wisdom and justice, as well as asking Her blessing upon our ROMA. After the ritual, we will have boxing matches - just and honourable battle against a respected opponent. There will be prizes for the top contender and the runner-up. Whether spectator or fighter, it should be an exciting battle to watch!

3pm - Bacchanalia Grand Feast
Come join us for the conclusion of our March Festivals - The Martius Grand Feast! We will have music, dancing, a trivia contest by our own Trivia Master, Mickey James, and a costume contest. Theme of the Costume Contest will be Famous Warriors, both fictional and non. Prizes will be given for best male and female costumes.