Date(s) - 01/04/2019
A festival of Venus and Fortuna where historically women of high social standing worshipped Venus in order to achieve concord and modest life, while humbler women bathed in the men’s baths, wearing myrtle wreaths for Fortuna.
Ovid poetically states that prostitutes as well as mothers and brides, take off the ornaments from the statue of Fortuna Virilis, wash it and then restore the jewels and offer flowers. He then explains that women offer incense to Fortuna Virilis when they enter the baths in order that the goddess, seeing any physical blemishes exposed, may conceal these from men.
The overall purpose of this day is shared by all, for women to seek divine support for their sexual lives.