MATRONALIA: Festival of Wives and Mothers

Juno Regina, Queen of Heaven

The Roman festival year begins on the first day of March, the month which is dedicated to Mars. Appropriately our first festival of the year is dedicated to mothers and wives. In ancient times, the calends of March celebrated the dedication of the Temple of Juno Lucina on the Esquiline Hill of Rome. She is the Goddess of Birth, the goddess who aids women during pregnancy and brings their child into the Light. Before Lucina’s temple stood a lotus tree, the second oldest tree in the C … [Read more...]