Our Lady of Celestial Fire

Festival for Bona Dea

December 3

(Roman) Ancient: c. III Non. Dec.
Only women are allowed to attend this festival, which is held on a variable day near Dec. 3. Under the supervision of the Vestal Virgins these secret rites seek fertility from the Good Goddess, whose true name may not be spoken. This much may be said: there are games, music, dance and “objects revealed” (as in the Mysteries). In a room gayly decorated with vine leaves, and perhaps myrtle, the Goddess is offered wine under the name of milk (and in ancient times She was offered a pig). [SFR 199–200]