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Lampteria

Festival at Pellene in Achaia in honour of Dionysus. During the night the worshippers went to Dionysus temple with lighted torches

It was also customary to place vessels filled with wine in several parts of every street in the city according to Pausanias.

Laphria (Λάφρια)

Dedication:Artemis

From Pausanias, Description of Hellas :

Every year too the people of Patrae celebrate the festival Laphria in honor of their Artemis, and at it they employ a method of sacrifice peculiar to the place. Round the altar in a circle they set up logs of wood still green, each of them sixteen cubits long. On the altar within the circle is placed the driest of their wood. Just before the time of the festival they construct a smooth ascent to the altar, piling earth upon the altar steps.

The festival begins with a most splendid procession in honor of Artemis, and the maiden officiating as priestess rides last in the procession upon a car yoked to deer. It is, however, not till the next day that the sacrifice is offered, and the festival is not only a state function but also quite a popular general holiday. For the people throw alive upon the altar edible birds and every kind of victim as well; there are wild boars, deer and gazelles; some bring wolf-cubs or bear-cubs, others the full-grown beasts. They also place upon the altar fruit of cultivated trees.

Next they set fire to the wood. At this point I have seen some of the beasts, including a bear, forcing their way outside at the first rush of the flames, some of them actually escaping by their strength. But those who threw them in drag them back again to the pyre. It is not remembered that anybody has ever been wounded by the beasts.

Lenaia or Lenea (Λήναια )

Dedication: Dionysus

City : Attica

Date : 12-15 Gamelion

Lithobolia festival (stone throwing)

celebrated at Troezen in honour of Lamia and Auxesia

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