The Cerialia were a religious celebration of the Roman festival calendar in honor of the growth and agriculture goddess Ceres , which was celebrated on April 19, i.e. three days after the fordicidia ( April 15 ) and before the vinalia ( April 23 ). Since the third century BC The Ludi Cereris Festival, which lasted several days and began on April 12th and was organized by the Aediles , is known. There were also scenic performances during the imperial era. Ovid reports in his Lent (Book IV) that women carrying torches reminded of the Ceres search for their daughter Proserpina, who had been kidnapped in Hades ; Another cult act in Ovid's tale is questioned in its historicity : The fact that foxes were hunted whose tails were tied in burning tow (as a symbol of the sun ).
- Werner Eisenhut: Cerialia. In: The Little Pauly (KlP). Volume 1, Stuttgart 1964, column 1115.