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The Roman goddess of flowers, and the consort of Zephyrus, the lord of south winds woh announces the advent of the Spring season each year.  In ancient Rome,  offerings of fruit and flowers were often presented to Flora by her devoted worshippers,  most of whom were young girls.  The major festival celebrated in her honor was called the Floralia, and it took place annually from April 28 through early May.  Bearing a strong sexual overtone,  Floralia closely resembled the Druidic fire festival of Beltane,   which was (and still is) celebrated around the same time of year,  indicating that the Floralia may actually have derived from it.

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