Vestalia is a festival that starts on the 7th of June until the 15th and is to honour Vesta, the Roman Goddess of virginity. At this time the temples were opened up and women entered to make offerings. The Vestal Virgins who guarded the sacred flame vowed thirty years of chastity. Rhea Silvia is one of the virgins who broken this vow by having sex with Mars which produced Romulus and Remus. The worship of Vesta was different to other deities as such had no stature representation, just the flame. This flame is both the flame of the hearth or the flame that lights a whole village.
June 7, 2012