Date(s) - 27/04/2021 - 03/05/2021
Flora is a goddess of flowers and of vegetation in general. Her cult is led by a priest (flamen Florialis) and, along with old Roman deities as Janus, Jupiter, Juno and Vesta, she received sacrifices from the ancient brotherhood of the Arval Brethren in their sacred grove. A drought in 241 or 238 BC led the Romans to consult the Sibylline Books which prescribed the building of a temple, and Games
were celebrated in her honour from this time. The plebeian aediles were responsible for organizing these games.
In ancient times the games started with theatrical performances and ended with circus Games and a sacrifice to Flora.
Flora is associated with fertility and her games are times of much carefree fun and celebration of this fact.
The Floralia had two special items. Hares and goats were let loose: according to Ovid Venus supplied as a reason for this custom as she was the patroness of gardens and fields and not of woods and wild animals. To this may be added that both hares and goats were thought to be both salacious and fertile. Secondly, Persius says that vetches, beans and lupins were scattered among the crowd, again perhaps
partly as fertility symbols at the spring festival. Ovid also mentions two other aspects of the Floralia: multi-coloured garments were
worn instead of the white that was customary at the Cerialia; the women often dressed casually and experimented with ornate fashions. Secondly, the festival was well lighted. This may refer to well-lit night-shows in the theatres.