The Festival of the Torches
15th August – In Roman times this was Diana‘s chief festival, when lighted torches were placed in her sacred groves. Her other sacred day was the ‘Feast of our Lady Queen of Heaven’ on the 31st of May.
In Rome she was invoked as protection for the years harvest, and against destructive weather although many Roman gods are interchangeable in these aspects. Her sacred animals were the stag and the dog.