Lar veneration

Because the protection of the Lar Familiaris extended from generation to

generation and embraced all members of a household, it was important to

honor him to ensure his benevolence. In addition to daily offerings, the Lar

Familiaris was presented with garlands on the Kalends, Nones, and Ides of

the month, and he was also worshipped on occasions of special significance

to members of the household, such as births, comings-of-age, and marriages.

A bride, for example, made a special gift to the Lar Familiaris of her

husband's house as she entered his household.

For a picture of a group of modern students "venerating" a lararium,

press here.