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This is a fake page, I saw the freshman in my school make it up.
Comment on the above. This is not a "fake page". However, the article needs fleshing out a bit. The di parentes (thus, parentalia) are important in Roman religion, and provided a pattern for the Imperial cult. In other words, very important. Haploidavey (talk) 15:03, 23 May 2009 (UTC)
I would be interested in knowing the connection to Dia de los Muertos celebrated by the Mexicans. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Julianq (talk • contribs) 21:53, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
The di parentes and the parentalia deserve a much more thorough treatment. The status of the di parentes provided a Roman precedent for the divus (and even the deus) of Imperial cult. I have relevant modern sources, and will be copy-editing this article in tandem with Imperial cult (ancient Rome). As and when useful additions crop up in the course of the latter, I'll pop them into this article. Meantime, I'll change the title - if I can. Haploidavey (talk) 13:08, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
Beard et al (see refs in article) say a Vestal was involved in the first rites of Parentalia, making its first day at least a semi-public cultus, and that the festival was "private" and domestic throughout thereafter. Paul the Deacon/Festus apparently calls the Feralia (last day of Parentalia?) a public rite, and so does the Brittanica (Online). Perhaps Feralia is actually not part of Parentalia... any help out there? Haploidavey (talk) 21:29, 26 May 2009 (UTC) Online help there was - if any problems remain, I'll implore once more. Haploidavey (talk) 23:10, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
I removed some uncited material that seemed fanciful - families perambulating the cemetery on a nice day out etc. Haploidavey (talk) 21:56, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
Actually, families did perambulate and picnic at the cemeteries — they shared bread and wine among themselves, and as offerings to the ancestors. As you noted above (two years ago, I see!), this could be developed better. The impression I have, however, is that this will not be as easy as it might seem, since there are some disagreements about the form of ceremonies. Cynwolfe (talk) 13:51, 1 April 2011 (UTC)