To start off the celebration, Roman priests would go visit the cave where the infants Romulas and Remus were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf. There they would sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog for purification. Then the would strip the goat's hide into strips, dip it in the sacrificial blood, and walk into town lightly slapping both crops and women. The women actually welcomed the goat hide, hoping it would allow them to have children in the coming year. Later in the day, all the young woman in the city would place their names in an urn. Then the bachelors in the city would pick a name from the urn. Whoever you draw is your partner for the year. These parings usually ended in marriage.