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Demeter, the Goddess of Agriculture

Demeter Festivals » Thesmophoria

Last Update: 09 May 2021

The festival of Thesmophoria was dedicated to the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Only women, especially married women, were allowed to participate in the festival, including their children if they were young.

The Thesmophoria festival was celebrated throughout Greece and lasted three days. It began with a procession, continued with a day of fasting, and ended with the "Kalligenia," during which the women, dressed in snow-white clothes, enjoyed themselves. Other characteristic parts of the festival were the sacrifice of a boar and the peculiar exchange of obscene jokes that made the goddess Demeter laugh.

Demeter, the Goddess of Agriculture

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