This is the final day of the Lemuria, a festival to appease the restless dead. Traditionally, the head of the household arises at midnight and makes the mano fico sign (the thumb between the first and second fingers of the closed hand). Wearing unknotted clothing, the head of the household then walks through the abode barefoot, and tosses or spits nine black beans over their shoulder. Then, this formula is repeated nine times:

Haec ego mitto; his redimo meque meosque fabis. (“These I cast; with these beans I redeem me and mine.”) The rest of the household then clash metal pots while shouting nine times: Manes exite paterni! (“Ghosts of our ancestors, be gone!”)

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