Khalkeia Festival

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This months Deipnon coincides with the Hellenic Khalkeia festival.

The Khalkeia was the Athenian modern day labor day dedicated to artisans.

Offerings of grain were made along with sacrificial meat to the Greek Gods – Hephaestus and Athena.

This is an auspicious time to start big or complicated project related to arts and crafts.

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“Hephaestus’ Workshop” by  Giorgio Vasari

Here is a hymn to Hephaestus featuring Athena which you can use as an offering prayer on the day:

Homeric Hymn 20 to Hephaistos

Sing, clear-voiced Muse, of Hephaestus famed for inventions. With bright-eyed Athena he taught men glorious crafts throughout the world, —men who before used to dwell in caves in the mountains like wild beasts. But now that they have learned crafts through Hephaestus the famed worker, easily they live a peaceful life in their own houses the whole year round.  Be gracious, Hephaestus, and grant me success and prosperity!

 Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

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