#MicroblogMondays 81: The Ides of March
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Tomorrow is the Ides of March. We’re supposed to beware of it. It was actually the Roman new year, which means that today would be the Feast of Anna Perenna. It was a big celebration to mark the end of the year.
In addition to the usual festive food and alcohol, the day was marked by Mamuralia, a ritual that involved dressing up an elderly man in animal skins and then beating him while he ran out of town (provided that he was able to make it out of town while people beat him senselessly and that he didn’t die from the stench of wearing the skin of an animal over his body). He was to represent the old year, driving it away to make room for the new one.
Are accounts of this ritual accurate? I’m not sure I want to know. I just love the fact that it could possibly be true.
So, in honour of the Roman new year, what would you figuratively get rid of today to leave in the old year, and what do you want to do differently in the new?
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