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Ancient Roman holiday held on April 15, honoring Tellus (also called Terra Mater), goddess of the earth. It was observed through the ritual sacrifice of pregnant cows (fordae). The cows were then divided up and distributed to the people. The unborn calves were removed by the Vestal Virgins and then burned. The ashes were saved to be used later in the month (April 21) for the Parilia (or Palilia) festival, honoring Pales, goddess of shepherds and herdsmen. The purpose was promoting fertility of the land and livestock.

Poor cows...

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