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Nemoralia, or the Festival of Torches, was celebrated August 13-15 or on the August Full Moon, in honor of the goddess Diana.

On this day, worshippers would form a procession of torches and candles around the dark waters of Lake Nemi (from nemus, meaning sacred wood or sacred grove). The candle and torch light would join with the reflection of the moon on the water’s surface, thereby creating Diana’s Mirror.

Requests and offerings to Diana were placed on or tied to the altar or to trees.

Offerings were also made Hecate, Goddess of the Dark Moon during the festival. However, since hunting or killing of any animal was forbidden at this time, offerings of garlic were given.

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