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« Reply #6: March 04, 2011, 06:15:48 pm »

I've been looking around the internet and doing my research in the library and there seems to be quite a lot of festivals and special dates, when you add them all together it comes up to almost one everyday! I haven't the time or means to throw a big celebration every other day and I was wondering how others do it.

So how do you do it? Celebrating all the festivals but in a small way? Constructing your own calendar with dates that feel special and relevant to you? Choosing the calendar of one city and sticking to it? Or not doing it at all? What do you do these dates come? I'd love to hear what everyone does and sorry for all the questions. Smiley

I've followed the Athenian calendar for the last four years or so. At first I followed it exactly, but as I got more experienced, I adapted it according to what makes sense in my locality (like celebrating the Haloa fertility festival for Demeter and Dionysus in December when the ground is frozen and there is snow does not make much sense).

What I mainly do is observe the first eight days of the moon which are sacred to particular deities, and then observe whatever festival (if any) traditionally occur in that lunar month. So the Noumenia is celebrated when the waxing crescent first appears, then the agathos daimon is honoured the second day, Athene, the third day, and so on. To honour a god, I would light my hearth candle that represents Hestia's sacred flame, recite a hymn for her, then light incense for the god(s) I am honouring from Hestia's flame. When the incense is lit, I would say a hymn to the deity, and then maybe offer a libation or a food offering. Since I practice alone, I don't really do any big festival celebrations, just simple domestic worship.

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