Roman Gods of the Month: April

The following is a reblog of the article entitled, ROMAN GODS OF THE MONTH: APRIL, that was published on the website: NEPTUNE’S DOLPHINS. It is an interesting overview of Festivals celetrated in Rome during the month of April.

Neptune's Dolphins

April for Romans is the time of opening buds. Flowers appear, trees come into leaf, and new crops are coming up. At this time, most of the festivals are centered on honoring the fertility of the land and protecting the crops. The Gods honored are either female or ambiguous. Of the various festivals that I follow are:

On April 1, the Veneralia is held. During this festival, women would go where the men are. While they would pray to Venus Verticordia (Venus, the Changer of Hearts) and Fortuna Virilis (Fortune the Bold) for support in their love lives. Later the festival included everyone, married and single, male and female asking these two Goddesses for help in matters of the heart. (Venus is considered the tutelary God of April.)

From the 12th to the 19th, the Cerialia is held to honor Ceres, Goddess…

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