Here are our festivals

I couldn’t sleep so I decided to put together the festival calendar of the thiasos of the Starry Bull for the year to come.

2014

March 17: Liberalia

Phallic processions to bring fertility and protection to the fields; also honors the nymphs, nurses and companions of Dionysos.

April 12: Anthesphoria

Commemorates the abduction of Kore while gathering flowers and her transformation into Persephone, Queen of the Underworld.

May 2: Maiuma

Celebrates the union of Dionysos and Aphrodite with baptism and drunken revelry.

June 28-29: Arachneia

The transformation of Arachne into a spider is commemorated through dance.

July 3: Feast of the Dionysian Prophets

A time for ecstatic worship and divination.

August 1: Feast of the Dionysian Kings

The triumphant procession of the New Dionysoi.

August 13: Hekatesia

A festival for Hekate.

August 28: Pannychis of Ariadne

An all-night vigil in honor of the apotheosis of Ariadne and the placement of her crown in the heavens.

September 9: Melinoeia

Commemorates the birth of Melinoë.

September 23: Praxidikaia

Sacrifices on behalf of the ancestors are made to the Erinyes and underworld powers.

October 7: Feast of the Dionysian Martyrs

All those who suffered for Dionysos are remembered.

October 27: Katabasia

Commemorates Dionysos’ descent at Lerna to bring up Semele and the phallos as a pledge to the deceased.

November 4: Hermaia

Honors Hermes as guide of souls and lord of dream and magic.

November 24: Agrionia

A festival of wild revelry celebrating Melampos’ cure of the Proitides’ madness through dance.

December 8: Feast of the Dionysian Artists

Honors Dionysos as god of creative inspiration and all of those who have served him through their art.

2015

January 1: Kalends

Ringing in the new year with masks, drunkenness, divination and obscene songs and dances.

January 5-6: Epiphany

Wine miracles and baptism.

January 9: Agonalia

Celebrates Orpheus’ destruction of the bees of Aristaios in punishment for his role in the death of Eurydike.

February 1: Lenaia

The priestesses of the winepress call Dionysos up from the underworld with their songs and dances.

March 1-3: Anthesteria

A feast of flowers, wine, sex and death.

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10 thoughts on “Here are our festivals

  1. March 8: Pannychis of Ariadne… does it start on the 8th? Or at sundown of the 7th?

  2. sisterkrissy

    I’m creating a personal devotional calendar for myself using Google Calendar. I’m assuming all of these repeat yearly?

  3. There is something incredibly amusing to me about the fact that Maiuma falls upon my birthday. :)

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