Today commemorates the martyrdom of followers of Bacchus, as on this date in 186 B.C.E., the Roman Senate outlawed and attacked those who practiced the rites of this God--one of the few non-Christian driven persecutions of polytheists. (Rome was generally very tolerant of foreign cultus). Read more about that here.
House Sankofa has expanded this day, not only as a day to honor, pay homage, and make offerings to the Bacchic martyrs, but as a day of remembrance for all of our Polytheistic martyrs, all those who did not 'go gently' into the dark night of monotheistic conversion. HIstory is written by the victor and in this case, for two thousand years we've been living under monotheistic occupation. Read between the lines of the Christianized historical accounts: the conversion of Europe was a bloodbath.
Today, I honor the Bacchic martyrs, but I also honor my Saxon ancestors, 4500 of whom gave up their lives defending their ancestral traditions, resisting the conquest and religious colonization trumpeted by that bastard Charlemagne (may he ever and always be cursed). Today, I honor those who resisted in the name of their ancestors, and in the name of their Gods. May they be remembered. May they inspire us.