Table centrepieces made of garlands or wreaths are one custom that has endured the test of time yet not that of forgotten beginnings.
Dating back to the Egyptians, wreaths were placed on mummies as they entered the afterlife in a nationwide custom that celebrated this important rite of passage. A few centuries after, rose-petal garlands adorned the infamous setups of roman banquets while the noisy God Bacchus poured ruby-red libations in gold cups. On festive days, bleached greek homes and temples alike wore them proudly while dark-haired women laid out edible versions as prey on abundant tables.
Images courtesy of Dochia Media
This is a fragment from the Land of Dochia Monthly Focus series, first published in Land of Dochia, Issue #1 (monthly digital periodical)
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