Before the calendar reform in 153 BC, February, the "cleansing month" (mensis Februarius), was the last rather than the second month of the year. The Feralia on February 21 was the public festival of the dead when food was taken to the family tombs. It was held on the last day of the Parentalia. Perhaps the festival that was held on the following day provided a start into the new year with a clean slate among the living members of the family. The festival of Caristia, or Cara Cognatio, was held on February 22 and involved offerings to the family lares and a shared family meal.

Dear Relation

Cara Cognatio,
Time to renew all the
Family ties,
Followed Feralia,
Patched up old quarrels and
Little white lies.

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