2009 Veneralia/Floralia/Cerealia Festival Schedule
Saturday 18th April
10 am - Veneralia Ritual/Ask Venus and Love Poetry
Our festivals begin with a ritual for Venus Verticordia, "The Changer of Hearts" - to petition Venus for support and aid in one's lovelife. After the rite, you'll get a change to ask all your love questions of Venus Herself, and we will have reading of love poetry as well - so bring your favourite poems or even those you've written yourself!
LOCATION: ROMA Hot Springs, ROMA Transtibirim
12pm - Floralia Ritual/Egg Hunt
Come celebrate the Roman version of Easter with us! The Floralia is the festival of the Goddess Flora, patron of flowers and spring fertility. In Flora's honour, we will have a ritual, followed by a sim wide egg hunt in Transtiberim. Every egg contains a prize, a few of them one-of-a-kind, so don't miss it! (See Hunt instructions in the ROMA Tabularium)
LOCATION: ROMA Transtibirim
2pm - Cerealia Ritual/Garden Harvest Party
Though Flora ushers in the Springtime, it is Ceres who holds sway over the fruitfulness of the Earth entire, and the Cerealia is the Roman festival held in Her honour. In keeping with this ancient tradition, we will be having a ritual in Ceres' honour, followed by a celebration in the Gardens of Ceres (usually known as the Gardens of Maecenas) - come tend the garden, dance in the flowers, and welcome in the springtime with us!
LOCATION: Gardens of Maecenas, ROMA
Sunday 19th April
10am - Veneralia Lupanar Tour/Sex In The Roman World exhibit
Venus was the Roman Goddess of Erotic love - and ancient Rome was an ardent follower of Her sacred mysteries! Come learn about the role sex played in ancient Rome with a guided tour of ROMA's Lupanar (brothel) and it's special exhibit!
LOCATION: Lupanar district, ROMA
12pm - Floralia Egg Race
What's a springtime celebration without some fun contests? For Floralia, we are holding an egg race through the streets of ROMA! Come decorate an egg and try to roll it from the Forum to the Finish Line in the ROMA Plaza - but there's a catch - these eggs *bounce*! Can you make it to the finish without your egg getting away from you? The first one across the finish line wins a prize.
LOCATION: Forum, ROMA
2pm - Cerealia Fox Hunt
Part of ancient Cerealia's celebration was to let loose wild foxes to run free through the Circus Maximus. ROMA has our own fox tradition, the Cerealia Fox Hunt! Come chase our foxes and see how many you can tag in 1 hour - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize purses for those with the most foxes tagged. But beware - ROMA foxes are quick and crafty!
LOCATION: Head of Transtibirim Path, ROMA Transtibirim
4pm - The Tria Deae Grand Feast
Our Spring Festival culminate with the Tria Deae (Three Goddesses) Grand Feast - come dance under the springtime stars with us! We will also be holding a contest for best festival themed costume - love, flowers, gardens, and foxes are a just few of the themes you can choose from. But whatever fits with a Veneralia, Floralia, or Cerealia theme is welcome! (Giant box of Cheerios, anyone?) There will be cash prizes for best male and female costume.
LOCATION: Field of Mars, ROMA Transtibirim