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or Charistia. 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 carus (Ovid, Fast. ii. 617).

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