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Ancient Greek Festivals

Ancient Greek festivals were major religious events that recurred annually, every two years, or every four years. The purposes and rituals of the festivals varied a great deal, but all had in common the desire to maintain a good relationship with the gods. The festivals of Athens are best known, and they were plentiful: Athens set aside at least 60 days a year for annual festivals.

  • Anthesteria - festival of Dionysus and the new wine
  • Apaturia - festival of the phratry brotherhood
  • Dionysia - dramatic festival of Dionysus
  • Eleusinia - festival of games held at Eleusis
  • Panathenaea
  • Pyanepsia - a bean feast
  • Thargelia - festival of Apollo and the new harvest
  • Thesmophoria - festival of Demeter celebrated by women
  • Anthesteria

    Anthesteria was one of the festivals held in honor of Dionysus. It was celebrated in most Ionian communities, but most of our information about the festival comes from Athens, where it was of particular importance... full article →