We’re all living in Amerika, Amerika, Amerika … Coca-Cola and sometimes war.

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For the next phase of the plan I can really use your help, dear readers.

Please share your personal and family traditions associated with the American holidays I’m basing the 2019 Bakcheion calendar on.

Foods, games, songs, handicrafts, superstitions, recollections, etc. All that good folkish shit. I’m doing the relevant academic research but I’d much rather have material from real people to draw on.

Then it’s just a matter of giving it a proper Dionysian overlay (and incorporating the customs and practices detailed in our aitia) and then we’ll have something fan-fucking-tastic to play with this year.

I hope you will.

In fact, if you send me pics and write-ups of your festive observances I’ll throw them up on the site.

Doors to other realms and realities

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One way to immerse yourself in the festive spirit is to watch thematically appropriate films throughout the day. Here are some recommendations:

Kallirrhoëia = February 14
The Last Circus dir. Álex de la Iglesia
Candyman dir. Bernard Rose
Mandy dir. Panos Cosmatos

Kathegemonia = March 17
300 dir. Zack Snyder
Gangs of New York dir. Martin Scorsese
The Lair of the White Worm dir. Ken Russell

Kapnobatia = April 20
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical dir. Andy Fickman
Lo dir. Travis Betz
The Holy Mountain dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Komos = May 1
Wicker Man dir. Robin Hardy
Manôushe: A Gypsy Love Story dir. Luiz Begazo
The Lickerish Quartet dir. Radley Metzger

Klodonia = June 14
Stage Beauty dir. Richard Eyre
V for Vendetta dir. James McTeigue
Mad Max: Fury Road dir. George Miller

Kolotia = July 3-4
The Doors dir. Oliver Stone
Inception dir. Christopher Nolan
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus dir. Terry Gilliam

Kibotia = August 1
The Cell dir. Tarsem Singh
Labyrinth dir. Jim Henson
Hellbound: Hellraiser II dir Tony Randel

Kirkoia = September 2
Dangerous Beauty dir. Marshall Herskovitz
Sirens dir. John Duigan
Burnt by the Sun dir. Nikita Mikhalkov

Kephalaia = October 14
Spirited Away dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Lady in the Water dir. M. Night Shyamalan
I Kill Giants dir. Anders Walter

Kakodaimonia = October 31
Boys in the Trees dir. Nicholas Verso
Baskin dir. Can Evrenol
Nightbreed dir. Clive Barker

Kairosia = November 28
The 13th Warrior dir. John McTiernan
Fight Club dir. David Fincher
Apocalypse Now dir. Francis Ford Coppola

Katabolia = December 31
Fellini’s Satyricon dir. Federico Fellini
Legend dir. Ridley Scott
Krampus dir. Michael Dougherty

Kalimera!

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Over the weekend we’re going to be finalizing our household’s festival calendar for 2019 e.v., no mean feat considering how many Gods and Spirits have shrine space under our roof. Let’s just say there’s going to be a lot of divination and negotiation happening over the next 48 hours. (Which means it would be an opportune time to request a reading. Just sayin’.)

Things are a bit simpler at the Bakcheion (the ritual space that was formerly my study) since I’ve just got Dionysos and his synnaoi theoi to contend with. And boy, do I have something neat planned for Year One. 

Want a tease?

Of course you do. I’ve trained my audience well.

Here are some names and dates:

  • Kallirrhoëia – Καλλιρρόηια
    Date: February 14
  • Kathegemonia – Καθηγεμόνια
    Date: March 17
  • Kapnobatia – Καπνοβατια
    Date: April 20
  • Komos – Κῶμος
    Date: May 1
  • Klodonia – Κλώδωνια
    Date: June 14
  • Kolotia – Κολώτια
    Date: July 3-4
  • Kibotia – Κιβώτια
    Date: August 1
  • Kirkoia – Κίρκοια
    Date: September 2
  • Kephalaia – Κεφάλαια
    Date: October 14
  • Kakodaimonia – Κακοδαίμωνια
    Date: October 31
  • Kairosia – Καιρόσια
    Date: November 28
  • Katabolia – Καταβολια
    Date: December 31

The rest (including pronunciation guide) you’ll just have to patiently wait for, my lovelies. 

[Note: the image above is the Firefighter’s Flag, used with utmost respect and gratitude.]