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Floralia
Also called Florifertum
Type Pagan, Historical
Begins April 27
Ends May 3
Celebrations Dancing, drinking and decoration using flowers
Observances Offerings of milk and honey

The Floralia, also known as the "Florifertum," was an ancient Roman festival dedicated to Flora, the goddess of flowers and vegetation. It was held on the IV Calends of May, April 27 to May 3, and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. This day was considered by the prostitutes of Rome to be their own. While flowers decked the temples, Roman citizens wore colorful clothing instead of the usual white, and offerings were made of milk and honey to Flora.

Connecticut College

Currently, the term "Floralia," is also used for a festival thrown annually in May at Connecticut College, a small liberal arts college in New London, Connecticut. The event is sponsored by the Student Activities Council. In previous years the festival was a weekend long activity, culminating in a large spring concert. In more recent years, the festival features day-long music, food, drinks, and inflatable recreation for students and invited guests. Music is performed live throughout the day by various bands, ranging from student bands to cover bands to up-and-coming performers. Recent headliners include Reel Big Fish, 1997, Young Love (band), The Misshapes, Chester French, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Ok Go, B.o.B and Santigold .

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Religion in ancient Rome series
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