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Ancient Greece holidays / traditions

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on 10 January 2013

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Samantha & Robby Ancient Greek holidays/tradition The Wedding Tradition The Orgy festival Anthesteria RURAl DIONYSIA The Olympics Games In ancient Athens, wedding ceremonies started after dark. The veiled bride traveled from her home to the home of the groom while standing in a chariot. Her family followed the chariot on foot, carrying the gifts. Friends of the bride and groom lit the way, carrying torches and playing music to scare away evil spirits. During the wedding ceremony, the bride would eat a piece of fruit, to show that food and other basic needs would now come from her husband. After a short fight, to show his strength, the groom would toss his bride over his shoulder and carried her off. this was a festival of worship of Dionysus (god of wine and drunken revelry)
•Participants wear a wild fawn skin and carry a staff.
•The festival is held upon a bare mountainside.
•Woman lead the festival but men follow.
•A sacrifice is made by tearing a young hill goat apart.
•Wine is consumed and participants dance and pray. Pithoigia
The first day, the opening of the casks, involved just that, with offerings made to the god of wine.
The second day, named Choës (drinking), was a time of partying. The people dressed in bright colours, some disguised as mythical figures related to Dionysus, and visited friends.
The third day was named Chytroi, the feast of pots. Cooked food was offered to Hermes in his capacity as God of the underworld The Greek Olympics, thought to have begun in 776 BC, the Games were part of a religious festival.The Games were held in honour of Zeus, king of the gods, and were staged every four years at Olympia. contest would participatants in a variety of challenges and the winners were awarded crowns of sacred olive branches. Thesmophoria was a three day festival that took place in Pyanopsion (October) 11-13. The festival took place in Hekatombaion (July) The Rural Dionysia was originally held in the Attica town of Eleutherae and celebrated the growth of vines Rural Dionysia was celebrated in the month of Poseidon ( December). The main event of the celebration was the parade In the parade young girls carried baskets, and other participants carried long loafs of bread, phallic symbols, jars of water and wine, and other offerings. Lastly there was singing and dancing contests THESMOPHORIA The first day of the festival was Anodos (the ascent) on which married women took all the supplies they would need for two nights and three days. Then they climbed a hill and made shelters out of leafy material. The second day of the festival was the Nesteia or Fast. Besides fasting they would whip eachother with strips of bark The third day was The Kalligeneia (Fair Offspring) representing Demeter's torchlight search for her daughter Persephone. On this day they would have a torch light ceremony with a feast. PANATHENA This festival was to celebrate Athenes birthday, which included many events like a torch race, an all-night religious service, and a meat meal for everyone at the city’s expense. The festival parade started near the Diplyon (main city) Gate, then headed to the Panathenaic Way through the shopping plaza toward the Acropolis. Only Athenian citizens could participate.
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