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the end of adolescence and the child's entrance to the faction. The office acquisition, business prosperity, good harvest and the good news were reasons to celebrate and honor the protector gods. They begin to worship eastern deities they feel closer to their daily lives rather than the Olympian gods. The eastern deities are associated with the agriculture and everyday living, the death of nature in winter and its rebirth at spring. Other deities, Isis and Mithras, are associated with the mysteries, in which the main theme is the initiation performed by secret societies. On the celebrations of the great mysteries of Eleusis, Panathinaian and Kavireia, the important part was the organization of the procession that ended up in the temples and was followed by animal sacrifice. If the God was heavenly a portion of the animal was offered to the God and the rest of the meat was distributed to the participants, if the God was of the underworld the whole animal was offered for burning. The Panathenean festival was held in the summer. The parade was performed on the birthday of the goddess; the important element was the procession of the veil to the Acropolis, and the dressing of the statue of the goddess. "Athlothetai” undertook the organization of the festival they were elected for this purpose every four years. Along with the religious rituals, there were musical and athletic or horse ridding events. The winners received prizes: clay amphorae, gold crowns, and money. Kings from the Hellenistic kingdoms of the East were also participating. The organizing city used to send messengers “spondoforous” to invite them to the festivities. One of the important celebrations was the Agrionia, in honor of Dionysus. It started at dusk and lasted throughout the night, an all night long festival. A similar celebration was Pannuchis. In this only women took part the “pannychides”. At different regions the same celebration was held for a different God. They danced, sang and stumped their feet on the ground. In the celebrations of the spring the participants were masqueraded as Satyrs, sang, danced and told myths about the God Dionysus. The custom of carnival is attributed to the God Dionysus, Dionysus Eleuthereus, in many places were the custom is celebrated, there was a light mood, pleasantries and “eleftherostomia”. Fires were lit on December 21 in honor of the god of light Apollo, so the days could become brighter and longer. The celebration of Epiphany was associated with the festivities of "Plynteria", which took place every spring. During the celebration the statue of the goddess Athena was washed and upon the emergence of the goddess doves were freed. The first piece of Christmas cake was dedicated to the bear, sacred animal of the goddess Artemis, protecting the births. From 3 rd century BC the first unions appeared "the Dionysian artists» (Dionysian Technites), undertaking to staff the musical and dramatic events and contribute to the success of the festivities. The number of the fests was increased, as new were added while the old remain active. The cities were trying through the festivals to promote their history, to make known their existence to the outside world and to gain


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