Friday, December 19, 2008

Greek Holidays

(Picture of Demeter)

Months (Approximate Translations): January - Gamelion, February - Anthesterion, March - Elaphebolion, April - Mounichion, May - Thargelion, June - Skirophorion, July - Hekatombaion (The first month of their year), August - Metageitnion, September - Boedromion, October - Pyanopsion, November - Maimakterion, December - Poseideon

Festivals and the months they are in.

  • Panhellenic Festivals
    • Olympic Games
    • Pythian Games
    • Isthmian Games
    • Nemean Games
  • Athenian and Attic Festivals
    • Hekatombaion
      • 12 - Kronia
      • 16 - Synoikia
      • 28 - Panathenea
    • Metageitnion
      • 15,16,17,18 - Eleusina
    • Boedromion
      • 5 - Genesia
      • 12 - Democratia
      • 17 or 18 - Epidauria
    • Pyanopsion
      • 6 - Proerosia
      • 7 - Pyanopsia
      • 8 - Theseia
      • 8 - Oschophoria
      • 9 - Stenia
      • 11,12,13 - Thesmophoria
      • 19,20,21 or 26,27,28 - Apaturia
      • 30 - Apaturia
    • Maimakterion
      • ? - Pompaia
    • Poseideon
      • 26 - Haloa
    • Gamelion
      • 12,13,14,15 - Lenea
      • 27 - Theogamia
    • Anthesterion
      • 11,12,13 - Anthesteria
      • 23 - Diasia
    • Elaphebolion
      • 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 - Great Dionysia
      • 17 - Pandia
    • Mounichion
      • 16 - Munichia
      • 19 - Olympeia
    • Thargelion
      • 7 - Thargelia
      • 19 - Bendideia
      • 24 - Callynteria
      • 25 - Plynteria
    • Skirophorion
      • 3 - Arrephoria
      • 12 - Scira
      • 14 - Bouphonia
Haloa, which was celebrated December (Poseidon) 26, is an ancient greek festival held in attic during the month Poseidon in the honor of Demeter. In Athens and other parts of ancient Greece, there is a month that corresponds to roughly December/January that is named Poseideon for the sea-god Poseidon. At Athens there was a festival named Posidea after the god. Since Poseidon is a sea god it is curious that his festival would be held during the time the Greeks were least likely to set sail. I do not know why the month is named Poseidon, and I doubt anyone else does either.

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