On the day of the Hene kai Nea, I post a monthly update about things that happened on the blog and in projects and organizations related to it. I will also announce Elaion's coming PAT rituals.

Changes to the blog:
PAT rituals for Hekatombaion:

  • 4 Hekatombaion - 28 June 2017 - Aphrodisia - festival of Aphrodite and Peitho (Persuasion), where the temple was purified with dove's blood, the altars cleansed, and the two statues washed
  • 12 Hekatombaion - 6 July 2017 - Kronia - festival in honor of Kronos
  • 16 Hekatombaion - 10 July 2017 - Sunoikia - community festival in Athens. Sacred to Athena. Two-day celebration every other year
  • 21 Hekatombaion - 15 July 2017 - Sacrifice to Kourotrophos, (Hekate &) Artemis at Erkhia
  • 23 Hekatombaion - 16 July 2017 - The Panathanaia (First day) [nighttime]
  • 30 Hekatombaion - 24 July 2017 - The Panathanaia (Last day)

Anything else?
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