September 13 2018 Pagan Style
In the Roman Empire, today is the Ides, which were sacred to the Capitoline triad, Jupiter, Juno (Hera to the Greeks) and Minerva. Images of the deities were decked with curls and garlands, anointed and dressed in colourful clothing. A ritual banquet was held for them that included salt cakes as part of the meal.
On this day, ancient Romans celebrated the anniversary of the Temple to Jupiter Optimus Maximus; an Epulum Iovis; an epulum to the Capitoline Triad.
Ancient Egyptians and modern Kemetics today celebrate the Festival of lighting the fires of Neith. Fires were lit before the statues of the gods to facilitate visits of dead ancestors to their families this night.
In Hinduism, today is Rishi Panchami or Bhadrapada Shukla Panchami. Rishi Panchami is not a festival but a fasting day observed by women to pay obeisance to the Sapta Rishis (the seven sages) and to get purified from Rajaswala Dosha. Hinduism gives the highest priority to purity and there are strict guidelines to maintain purity of the body and the soul. In Hinduism, women are believed to be contaminated during their menstrual cycle. During their menstrual cycle, women are not allowed to enter the kitchen for cooking, to participate in any religious activities, or to touch any family members. Avoiding these guidelines creates Rajaswala Dosha (a form of impurity). Rishi Panchami fasting is advised to get rid of Rajaswala Dosha. Rishi Panchami is more important to Nepali Hindus. In some regions, three days of Hartalika Teej fasting ends on Rishi Panchami.
To Jains, today is Samvatsari Parva. Saṃvatsarī (lit. Annual Day or fig. Forgiveness Day) is the last day of Paryushana festival observed annually by the followers of the Shwetambar sect of Jainism. On this day, Jains forgive and seek forgiveness for their mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly from all living beings. A yearly, elaborate penitential retreat called "samvatsari pratikramana" is performed on this day. After the pratikramana, Jains seek forgiveness from all the creatures of the world, including friends and relatives by uttering the phrase “Micchami Dukkadam” or its variants like "Khamau Sa", "Uttam Kshama" or "Khamat Khamna".
Image: Hera by Soa Lee found at [goddessofthemonth.mystaiofthemoon.com