Ghosts of Panathênaia Past and Present

I absolutely love Panathênaia, and look forward to it every year, but since I’m usually on a social media blackout every Hekatombaiôn (at least, for the past 3 years), I don’t always get to post pictures. Here are some from the last two years:

July 2014 (Hek. 2/4 of 698)

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Athêna and 2013’s peplos (yes, that’s a hanky)

A sacrifice of cattle

Sacred barbecue: a fitting sacrifice of cattle in the month of Hekatombaiôn (the first time we’ve ever sacrificed meat)

Sacred barbecue

Fat for the flame, may She grow strong!

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Panathenaia 2014 and Athêna’s new peplos (now a prettier scarf)

August 2015 (Hek. 3/4 of 698)

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Still haven’t found the right peplos for 2015, but check out at her new bling!

I'm really, really happy that I got to follow through on my oaths the past year (which included a certificate of proficiency in French, learning Irish, and making a diary of everything I've learnt for a full lunar year)--so, I'm hoping to do the same or better this year, may the Virgin help me.

I’m really, really happy that, despite the challenges, I got to follow through on my oaths the past year (which included a certificate of proficiency in French, learning Irish, and making a diary of everything I’ve learnt for a full lunar year)–so, I’m hoping to do the same or better this year, may the Virgin help me.

Mistress, you've bestowed so much of your own wisdom on me these past years, and have ever pushed me to further my ability in my craft, so I could only wish the same for the years to come. Hail, Goddess of learning and Saviour of cities, from Panathênaia to Panathênaia!

Mistress, you’ve bestowed so much of your own wisdom on me these past years, and have ever pushed me to further my ability in my craft, so I could only wish the same for the years to come. Hail, Goddess of learning and Saviour of cities, from Panathênaia to Panathênaia!

PS: Here’s some amusing Irish phrases for laughs —

Go raibh math agat, Duolingo!

Go raibh math agat, Duolingo!

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