Agonalia Bagel Popup
Sunday January 7th 9am - 12pmAdd to Calendar
Update: October 2023 – we are seeking Klezmer musicians to accompany the bagels. Please do reach out if you are one or know one.
9 am – Noon
Homemade bagels for sale
The Agonalia Ianuarias: Appeasing Janus, The God of the New Year
The duel headed god, Janus acted as an intermediary between gods and mortals. With one head looking backwards and the other to the future, Janus was also the guardian of thresholds and beginnings and endings. These attributes made him the perfect Roman god of the New Year.
The whole of the month of January was Janus’s month. The first day of January was specifically sacred to him. So too was the 9th of the month, when the Romans celebrated the Agonalia Ianuariasin his honor. So what was this obscure festival? And how did the Romans view Janus’s role at the beginning of each New Year? ….