The Compitalia were festivals celebrated in ancient Rome in early January (between the 3rd and the 5th, according to some accounts) in honor of the lares, or deities of the household farm and family. Compita were places where roads crossed each other and were considered sacred, and people would hold sacrifices there at the end of the agricultural year. Sometimes farmers would also hang a broken plough there to indicate that a job was done. The spirit of the ancient festival survived in Plough Monday, an occasion for servants to celebrate the completion of their ploughing. Discuss

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