Floralia

Flora by  Norman Tellis, 2000. Materials: Smalti, metallic vitreous glass, glass baubles.

The Floralia is a Roman festival in honor of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of Spring, that begins May 27th or 28 and lasts for six days.

Dating to 238 BCE, the Floralia was celebrated in ancient times with sacrifice to the goddess, theatrical performances, farces, mimes, competetions, and spectacles – a tightrope-walking elephant was a feature of the festival in 68 BCE. Men and women wore flowers and colorful garments, and sex workers (a profession who were denied the rights of citizenship) were allowed to attend the festivities and participate in the religious rituals.

Flora is married to Favonious (Zepherus), the West wind.

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