The website of the mercuri programme is released on a very special day, being the 15th May 2020.
Mercury (Mercurius in latin) is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, being one of the 12 Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication but also travelers, boundaries, luck and… trickery and thieves ;-)
That day is very symbolic since in ancient times, Mercuri was honored at an important celebration on May 15, the Mercuralia, a feast during which merchants sprinkled their heads and goods with water taken from its sacred well located near the Porta Capena. The merchants then gave him incense and begged him to assure them of success and profits.