The festivals of the Greeks were numerous. They celebrated: the return of the seasons of the year, and the gods that had personified them and anniversaries by any memorable concept; the Neomenias (the first day of the lunar month). All parties were of a religious nature, according to the divinity had different modalities. The fiestas of Ceres and the Minerva, differed by its solemnity of the Bacchus, who were noted for the disorder and the desenfrenos.Almost all parties of Greece were accompanied by sacrifices and ended with wrestlers fighting and by wagons on foot, on horseback and in trucks. The main festivals of the ancient Greece were: the Dionysiaca and the Bacchanals, held in Athens. They consisted of dances and songs of triumph, celebrating after the winter solstice. The only ones that could enter into the Temple of Bacchus, were priestesses, named by the Archon. On the feast of the Agriones, women did that bucaban to Bacchus madly, and after a banquet became enemy; This fista lasted several days.
The Adonijah were celebrations of mourning in all Greece. Wept the death of Adonis, lover of Venus and slain by a wild boar. Cinofontes parties, were held in the days caniculares, being able to kill any dog that came to the meeting. Another holiday was the Diamastigosis or flogging; very cruel where presented to the children before Diana ara and be flogged them in the presence of their parents, who encouraged them to continue suffering. Those who died by the scourging were winners conciderados; later was not allowed to continue with whipping, once appeared the bleeding.
One of the few human sacrifices that will yield in the Greek cults, was in the Festival of Thargelia, in honor of Apollo and Diana; It is celebrated in April. The Athenians used to sacrifice a man or a woman and two men. The Panathenaia were the Minerva festivals, calls in Athens the big parties; because they were all peoples of Attica. They were three-yearly and quinquennial (these last ones were the most solemn).Three genera of public entertainment could be seen: men in athletics games and musical and literary contest bullfights; giving an award to the most distinguished. The fista ended with a sacrifice of oxen; brought by each of the villages of Attica compulsorily. Some of the meat was for all attendees.I invite you to visit the Digital Library of where you will find articles of quality checked for your personal and spiritual development: health, sports, entertainment, computing, languages, labour output and more. Original author and source of the article.