Yes, I know, I’m a month late by Roman reckoning, but last year, we decided to follow Anthestêria with Parentalia, so we’re doing the same for the second time around.
The reason for this is because:
It was convenient at that time;
We reckoned Roman festivals by the pre-Julian lunar calendar (with lunar February roughly coinciding with Anthestêriôn), and;
It made a whole lot of sense to have the two festivals flow into each other.
We’re still working on our new calendar, but it made sense to continue the custom just until the final system is decided. In addition, we’re currently on the third week of Lent and the Lesser Mysteries are also coming up. March is feeling especially chthonic this year.
Anthesteria is over. Parentalia has come! Raise your cups to the Dii Manes et Dii Parentes kai oi Progonoi! Sa mga abang ninuno at 祖先, nuestros antepasados y des ancêtres de la famille!
Let us remember those who have gone. Let those bringing blessings, stay and eat. Let those who are unruly, eat and depart. Out ye, Keres! Anthesteria is over! Come hither ye, Oi Progonoi! Share our joy!
San Pedro and Hermanubis watch over the panspermia pottage (offered during the day and to be buried the day after). We who survive, remember and honour those who have gone before us, as Deucalion and his kin once did.
The bodhisattva of compassion watches over ghost money to be burnt during the days of Parentalia. May it reach our departed ancestors swiftly and fill their coffers!
Hail to You, ye beautiful, laughter-loving sons of Zeus, Openers of the door, deathless friends of mortals and once-mortals! Even when the shrines are veiled and the fires burn low, You are with us, standing in between, ye faithful guides and saviours of Men, in darkness and in light! Hail!
And so I echo last year’s praises:
“Hail days past! Hail days to come! Hail Winter’s end and Spring’s beginning! And hail the Spirits that stand in between! Hail Hermês! Hail Dionysos! Hail our Blessed Ancestors!”