All quiet on the (religious) Festival front

As you can probably tell by the title of the post — all is quiet on the festival front for the next couple of months. In point of fact, the next major festival (on the ancient Athenian calendar) that we know about is not until almost three months from now. This gives us time to reflect on the business of living and the busyness of the “holiday” season in the modern era.

Why should this matter? Well, for one thing, in ancient times religious and “secular”/civic festivals were one and the same whereas in the modern era we often see a sharp line of demarcation. I would say that the three major “festivals” of the season — Halloween, Thanksgiving (US), and Christmas have as much of a secular component, if not more, than they have a religious one.

This is not to say that they do not have ANY religious component, but only that things are quiet for a few months in THAT aspect of Modern Hellenic Polytheism. There are modern offerings for the Winter Solstice, but as there seems to have been no ancient equivalent there is debate in some Hellenic circles as to if we should be celebrating them at all.

What I intend to be concentrating on over the next few months is a closer look at some of the Hymns and some more modern topics so that when the Lenaia comes next January, we can start the new secular calendar year with fresh eyes on the festivals we celebrate religiously.

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