To the Roman the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring equinox is Lupercalia. Nearly naked men ran through the town smacking people with bits of hide. If you were smacked you were considered lucky ;). What is unusual about this festival is that it is not associated with a certain deity. It focuses on Romulus and Remus who were suckled by a she-wolf in a cave called a Lupercale.
January 29, 2012