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Anadikia 2007

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The Artemis Mounykhia Proto-demos and Eranos cordially invite you to our celebration of the first annual Anadikia festival!

Anadikia means "renewal of action" and, with this new festival, we Hellenistai wish to honor the Gods that are so vital in our lives each year on the date of the ancient Athenian New Year (the first day of the month Hekatombaion -- July 15 on the modern 2007 calendar). These Gods can be either the patrons that are so active in our day to day lives or other deities in the Greek pantheon that perhaps we aren't as close to, but wish to pay honor to.

We also wish to use the festival as a means to celebrate our community, ask for blessings in the coming year, give thanks for blessings received, etc. Ancient Greek festivals were nothing without the strength of the community and hopefully with the initiation of this festival, we can start to build the bridges to strengthening the bonds between us all.

For the Atlanta-area festival, our basic itinerary will be such:

10:00 AM:
The day begins at a private residence with a ritual to the "Olympians". This can be subject to interpretation, but so far the plan for that ritual includes: Athene, Artemis, Apollon, Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Dionysos, Hermes, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Hephaistos, Ares, Hestia. After the ritual, we will make a theoxenia (plate of food offering to the Gods and share a breakfast feast with them. If attending, please bring breakfast food for yourself and some to share with the group and the Gods.

1:30 PM:
The next ritual of the day will be a "Nymphnic" ritual at Big Trees Forest Preserve in Sandy Springs (http://www.bigtreesforest.com/). This will be the only "public" ritual of the festival. The "Nymphnic" with involve a ritual to the nature gods/spirits of the area that help maintain the sacred space of where we usually do our libation rituals. Then we will make a theoxenia offering to them and share a picnic lunch with them in the Forest. If attending, please bring a packed lunch for yourself and some to share with the nature gods/spirits.

6:00 PM:
The final ritual of the day will be at the same private residence as the morning ritual and it will be devoted to the Khthonioi or deities of the underworld. This can be subject to interpretation, but so far the plan for that ritual includes: Persephone, Hades, Hekate, Hermes, and perhaps, Dionysos. After the ritual, we will make a theoxenia (plate of food) offering to the Gods and share a dinner feast with them. If attending, please bring Greek or Mediterranean-themed foods to share with the group and the Gods.

As mentioned in the descriptions, the morning and evening rituals will be taking place at a private residence. If you have not previous met our group and would like to attend those two rituals, we encourage you to attend either the SE Hellenes meet-and-greet
on the 10th or the Athene libation at Big Trees on the 14th. At one of these two events, Laura can give you directions and more information. Also, please feel free to email Laura at laura@sehellenes.org if you have any other questions.

Also, during the breaks between rituals, we hope to fill the time with games, crafting, divinations, watching Ancient Greek-themed films and/or documentaries, and otherwise socializing. Feel free to bring anything along that you think might be appropriate for the festivities.

It is also important to note that you are not obligated to attend all three of the rituals. While we would certainly love for you to join us for the entire day's festivities, we understand that people can have scheduling conflicts and may only be available for one or two of the rituals.

Please email us soon if you are interested in attending. We will need to know soon so that we can plan accordingly for food and the rituals. You can either contact Nicole at nicole@sehellenes.org or Laura at laura@sehellenes.org to RSVP or for any more questions.