A Roman family celebration held on February 22 (viii.
Kal. Mart. ) following the Dies Parentales (February 13-21) and the Feralia (February 21),
which days were sacred to the dead. The feast was a thanksgiving for the survivors. None but
relatives were invited, and on this occasion quarrels and misunderstandings were ended; whence
some derive the word Caristia from χαρίζομαι
, but the
better-approved spelling is against this view, and Ovid regards the word as connected with
Fast. ii. 617