This months Full Moon coincides with the Hellenic Anthesteria festival (8th-10th February 2017).
The Anthesteria was an Athenian festival dedicated to wine, the ancestors and the coming of spring which was celebrated for three days:
Pithoigia (Opening of the Jars) – First Day
New jars of wine were opened and dedicated to Dionysus.
Small children were crowned with garlands of the first spring flowers of the year.
Khoes (Day of Cups) – Second Day
Sacred marriage of Dionysus ritual with the Queen.
Athenians celebrate with contests containing drinking games.
Khytrai (Day of Pots) – Third Day
Offerings for the ancestors were placed in pots and held traditional foodstuffs such as cooked wheat kernels (aka Kollyva or Funeral Cake).*
This is an auspicious time to spring clean your home, shrines/altars and offer new vintage wine to Dionysus and cooked grains to your ancestors.
*This practice continues this day with modern Greeks offering kollyva at funerals or memorials.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2017