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Fun fact #1,274:
Far more important to the Romans than the day of a child's birth was the dies lustricus, the day when the baby was to be named. The custom of handing down names to children was of great importance to Romans and their families, and that day was a joyous occasion.
On that day, crepundia, or tiny metal trinkets, were strung around the baby's neck by the guests. The clinking noise they made amused the child, similar to a rattle. In addition, on this day the child was given a bulla. This was a locket (made of gold for the wealthy and leather for the poor) containing charms to ward off the power of the evil spirits. A boy removed his bulla only after he received his toga virilis, signifying his Roman citizenship, at age fifteen or sixteen. A girl only removed hers on her wedding day.