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Following traditional ancient Greek religious practices, HTAZP runs on a lunar based calendar. The months are named after the major festivals in each lunar cycle (from new moon to new moon). For more information on specific festivals, please visit our Facebook page or contact the Neokoros (Timotheos) directly.

Click a month for a description of the festivals celebrated.
Anadikion

1 Anadikia: A celebration for all the Gods, ancestors and other Spirits
28 Panathanaia: A celebration of the Birthday of Athena

Anadikia:
As a way to keep the tradition of the ancient Greeks, a festival is held called the Great Noumenia. On this day offerings are made to our spiritual ancestors of Ancient Greece, followed by a sacrifice to the Olympians, Nature Gods and Khthonic Gods.

Therapeion

7 Therapeia: Honoring Apollon, Askelpios and Pan as the Gods of Healing
20th of August: HTAZP Founding Celebration

HTAZP Founder's Festival:
This festival is in honor of the founding of the Hellenic Temple of Apollon, Zeus and Pan. On this date, offerings are given to the temple patrons, and a theoxenia is held in their honor. Games and contests are also played. Later on in the day, the Neokoros spends personal time in the temple space with the Gods, in order to plan out the events of the coming year.

Panagonion

9 Panagon: A Gaming Festival for Pan
30 Hekataia: A festival in honor of Hekate

Panagon: Games in Honor of pan
Around this time in ancient Athens, the Athenians honored Pan with a torch race thanking Him for His assistance in the battle of Marathon. The modern festival may include an actual torch-race (if space permits) or a different game which is dedicated to Pan. The winner of the game is given a prize to bring to his or her personal shrine and then a theoxenia is held in honor of Pan.

Hekataia:
The Hekataia is a modern celebration of Hekate's birthday. Offerings of snakes, bread, dog shaped figures, skulls, and garlic are offered to Her on this day asking for Her guidance in magical work. Colors associated with this day are black, red, silver, and sapphire blue. She is also honored as the Goddess who creates a connection between the divine and humanity.

Pyanepsion

7 Puanepsia: A harvest festival honoring Apollon
31 of October Genesia: Honoring the Heroes and Ancestors
30 Chalkeia: A craft celebration for Hephaestos and Athena

Puanepsia: in Honor of Apollon and the Harvest
On the 7th of Puanepsia, the Athenians celebrated the Puanepsia, in honor of Apollon. During this festival, a bay branch was decorated and then brought around the city by children singing songs. This branch (or branches) was placed upon people's doors for good luck through the year. A stew of boiled beans and grains was offered to Apollon called the panspermia (similar to the offerings of the thargeloi at Thargelia). In the modern celebration, the eiresioni is made by gluing bay leaves to a branch or to a wreath, along with ribbon, yarn , cotton/wool pieces, and sometimes even dried or false fruits. A theoxenia for Apollon is held; where the main offering is a stew made from boiled vegetables, beans and rice (a Greek lemon soup is very appropriate).

Genesia: Honoring the Dead
Each year the Athenian had a public festival of the Dead. Although the Genesia was actually held a month prior to this HTAZP observance, October is appropriate because it is the time when others in the US are honoring the dead (in a variety of ways). On this day, offerings are made to the dead and the Gods of Dead-Hades, Persephone, Hekate, Hermes.

Chalkeia: Craft Festival for Hephaestos and Athena
This celebration is dedicated to arts and crafts, and is a time to ask Hephaestos and Athena to grant Their guidance on our creative and working endeavors. Each participant brings a symbol of their craft (whatever that may be) to the ceremony and presents it to Athena and Hepahestos asking for Their blessings. Offerings of cloth, yarn, and thread are offered to Athena, and metal crafts such as jewelry are offered to Hephaestos.

Panaion

1 Panaia: Celebrating Pan's birthday.
After the First Snow: Pompaia: A Celebration asking Zeus for His protection during the winter.

Panaia: the Birthday of Pan
The Panaia is a modern festival which celebrates the birthday of Pan. The actual date of the festival is Maimakterion 1 (following the ancient calendar), and therefore the exact date can change depending on the lunar cycle. The festival starts in the early afternoon with a theoxenia to Pan, the main meal being lamb. Pine cones are decorated to be put on the tree during the Dendraia (Pan's next festival). Games are played, followed by a drum circle or other musical offering, along with other offerings made to Pan throughout the day by the participants and other Pan children.

Pompaia: Protecting the House
The ancient Pompaia was a procession around the city of the Dion Kodion, or a sheepskin blessed to Zeus which absorbs miasma. Although this isn't a public festival of HTAZP, There will be a ritual posted that people can do in their homes in honor of this rite. Offerings are also made to Zeus upon this day asking Him to be gentle during the coming winter months.

Kheimonion

9 Dendraia
21 of December Kheimonia: A Celebration of Winter for Pan, Apollon, Zeus, Helios and Selene
Diogennia: Celebrating Zeus' Birthday

Dendraia: Festival of Pine Trees
Because pine is Pan's sacred tree, some Pan children have seen it to be appropriate to decorate a tree in His honor. HTAZP holds a festival and informal ritual on this date to celebrate this event. Each participant brings an ornament for the tree, and libations of spring water are made to help keep it healthy. It is customary for a potted tree to be used in the HTAZP celebration, however if this is impractical, a false tree or cut tree can be used, provided that the tree be thanked for its sacrifice.

Diogennia: The Birthday of Zeus
This festival celebrates Zeus's Birthday and coronation. Ancient Cretan beliefs state that each year Zeus is born within a cave, and that the cave becomes full of light. This is due to the large number of bees which populate this cave. The light supposedly is the sunlight reflecting off the honey they make. Zeus is also seen as bringing order to chaos and disorder. The festival begins in the early morning by offering honey-cakes to Zeus (in His aspect as a light bringer). Tea-lights are lit and placed in the enclosed part of His shrine, symbolizing His birth and the light which hold prayers asking that Zeus be kind during the winter. This custom is derived from a festival celebrated by the Athenians around this time of year called Maimakteria. If the time and the number of people permit, a dance can be performed for Zeus which includes the clashing of swords and shields. This comes from a tradition practiced on Crete and legend has it that Cretan soldiers performed this dance to keep the cries of the infant Zeus from being heard by His father Kronos. Later in the day crowns are made from oak leaves and offered to Zeus honoring Him as the King of the Gods. Stories can be told about Zeus and discussions about His role as of the Pantheon and a theoxenia is held in His honor. The festival is concluded with a coronation ritual; where a crown of oak leaves is placed upon the head of Zeus's statue and worshippers leave smaller images of crowns upon the shrine. A more private ritual performed on this festival is for Zeus's children (individuals for whom Zeus is their Patron) to go to His sacred precinct and commune with Him. This is a tradition followed by ancient kings who would, according to legend, go to Zeus's sacred grove every 9 years and defend their kingship to the God. In modern times, this is a time where Zeus and His children can spend quality time and fellowship.

Gamelion

14 Gamelia: Celebrating the Marriage of Zeus and Hera
14 February: Aphrodisia: A Feast for Aphrodite on Valentine's Day

Aphrodisia:
The Aphrodisia celebrates Aphrodite as the God of Love, beauty, sensuality and romance. Participants may ask for Her blessings upon their relationships and special make up or jewelry may be consecrated at Her altar. Offerings of cookies, cakes, and other sweet desserts are made to Her along with roses and other flowers that She might like.

Diasion

23 Diasia: Honoring Zeus at the End of Winter

Diasia: in Honor of Zeus Meilikhios
Meilikhios is the title for Zeus in His underworld aspect. Each year in Ancient Athens, sacrifices were made to placate Him so that a good harvest could be had. On this day we honor Zeus by offering Him cakes in the shape of bulls and snakes (Zeus' sacred animals). In modern times, animal crackers are offered to Zeus, asking that He be kind to us through the rest of the winter and to relieve us of any guilt we have acquired. Following this is a theoxenia for Zeus where worshippers share in His fellowship. It is also customary on this date to give gifts to children as Zeus Meilikhios is considered to be the protector of children.

Eiarinion

21 Eiarinia: A spring festival honoring Demeter, Persephone, Pan, Artemis and Apollon

Eiarinia:
The Eiarinia celebrates the Spring. On this day, we honor Demeter, Persephone, Gaia, and the temple Patrons asking for blessings as we see new growth in our lives. Offerings on this day include seeds, flowers, eggs (for Gaia, not Demeter), and images of the Gods' animals. Apollon is also given offerings as the God of Oracles on this day, as it was around this time He returned to Delphi. This is a good time to bless tarot cards and other divination tools.

Delphinion

7 Delphinia: A Gaming Celebration for Apollon
19 Olympieia: A Gaming Celebration Honoring Zeus as King of the Gods

Delphinia: in Honor of Apollon of Dolphins
On this day, we make offerings of wool to Apollon as the god of Dolphins, who guides ships safely home. On this date, a sacrifice of fish is given to Apollon, asking that He protect our loved ones who may be over sea and to others who have suffered damage from flooding and great storms. In times of peace, this is a time to thank Apollon for helping our loved ones return to us.

Olympieia: in Honor of Zeus
Although not a major festival of HTAZP, this festival was the founder's festival of Zeus's temple at Olympia. On this date, a theoxenia is held in honor of Zeus, followed by games, the winner of which receives a prize which is dedicated to Zeus.

Thargelion

7 Thargelia: Celebrating the Birthday of Apollon and Artemis
29 Panaphobeia: Celebrating Pan as the God who Relieves Panic

Thargelia: The Birthday of Apollon and Artemis
The Thargelia honors the birthday of Apollon and Artemis. It is a purification festival, where a doll is consecrated as a Pharmakhos (scape-goat) and passed around the circle during ritual. The participants place all of their negativity magically upon the doll, which is then burned. This ritual is followed by a spiritual bath (where blessed waters are poured over the heads of individuals so that Apollon can grant healing. When purification has been achieved, offerings of cakes are given to Apollon and Artemis.

Panaphobeia (The Feast of Fear): in Honor of Pan as the God of Panic
The Feast of Fear honors Pas as the God who relieves Panic. During the festival, worshipers discuss with each other their own fears, and images, tokens or masks are made to represent these fears. After the theoxenia is over, each participant goes home and uses the mask in a personal ritual to Pan, where they offer their representation to Him asking that He help them face their fear (usually in a dream or guided meditation). The festival closes with a drum circle in honor of Pan giving thanks for His assistance.

Philokhorion

21 Philokhoria: A Celebration of Summer honoring Zeus, Apollon, Pan, Artemis, the Nymphs, Satyrs and Muses
29 Diisoteria: Honoring Zeus, Hekate and Hermes asking for blessings during the new year

Philokhoria: honoring Artemis and Apollon
The Philokhoria is a celebration on the Summer Solstice which incorporates a myth by Callimachus. In the myth, Artemis dances and her dancing is so beautiful that Helios (the God of the Sun) stops in the sky to watch and the days get longer. In the festival, there is a dramatization of the myth which includes a modern ending where the other Gods try to find a way to get Helios to continue on His path again so that things can return to normal. There is a theoxenia to Artemis and Apollon, followed by games and dancing. Along with Apollon and Artemis, Helios, the nymphs and the muses are honored with offerings. This festival was created by Hiereia Thista Minai of the Tempe of Artemis at Cataleos.

Diisoteria:
The Diisoteria celebrates the end of the year and asks the Patrons of the Temple as well as Hekate, and Hermes thanking Them for the blessings of the past year, and for the blessings of the year to come. A cake is offered in the shape of an equal armed cross symbolizing the crossroads.


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