The day began with women going to the house of the Vestal Virgins to receive elements to purify their houses and barns. The priestesses prepared fumigations with the ashes of a calf fetus, mixed with the stems of broad beans (considered an important ingredient of purification), and the blood of the horse sacrificed to Mars on the Ides of October.
Above: Patrician women go to the Vestal Virgins.
Below: The women purify their homes.
Above: A commoner goes to the Vestal Virgins