irrigation canal

Neptunalia

The Neptunalia (July 23-24) is held each year to assure rainfall and to forestall drought by honoring Neptune. Although it is hot this time of year, it is a convenient time to take stock of the irrigation works. A temporary brush arbor, or tabenaculum, provides shade for an al fresco picnic and shelter for an overnight stay. The appropriate sacrifice to Neptune is a bull, so the evening meal will be beef loin cooked over a campfire.

Visitors and guests usually return to Rome for the Furrinalia (July 25).


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