SPIRIT OF THE MONTH

April 2006

Flora


© Aris Dervis 2006

 

Flora

Festival of Floralia - April 28- May 1

The Roman Goddess Flora was the deity of flowers and the pleasures of youth. Vines, olive trees and honey-bearing plants were also sacred to her. The celebration of Floralia was famous for its dancing, drinking and abundant use of flowers. Even the animals wore garlands. For these four days and nights there were games, pantomimes, theater and stripteases. Goats and hares were set loose to augment fertility. St. Augustine and other Church fathers abominated Flora and her festival, which they said was a licentious orgy of nude dancing and promiscuous behavior.

We found these tulips in the floating flower market of Amsterdam.

Wishing you a riotous Floralia!

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