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The celebration of the Winter’s Solstice in Thessaloniki. Big amount of photos

Posted by Thespis on 2009-01-08

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The day of Chronos (Saturn), 20 of December 2008, took place the celebration of Winter’s Solstice (iliostasion) in Thessaloniki (Makedonia, Greece). People’s attendance was above expectation, as ell as the emotion and the enthusiasm about the resurrection of the morals and the customs of our ancestors.
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The initiative, the responsibility and the custody of the organization took over the association “Prometheus Pyrforos”. The event was well-accepted and supported by the Hellenic Community of Thessaloniki.


Active participation in acting and dromena had the groups:

The Cultural Association Prometheus Pyrforos

The Cultural Club APOLLON

The Community of Greek TETRAKTYS

The Ancientgreek Cultural Platoon ARES ANAX

The Musical Group of Ancient Greek Music AMOTHEN

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Apart from the groups that have already been mentioned above that have been participating in acting and dromena, at the event were attended and saluted and members of the Community of Thessaloniki:

from the Team Friends of the Epicurean Philosophy «The Garden of Thessaloniki»,

from the Association of the Marathonians of Macedonia,

from the Club of Sceptics of Greece,

from Thessaloniki’s Commitee of the Hellenic Democracy Direct Movement,

from the Hepsilon Team,

from the Aristotelous’s Academy Mieza

and from the National Historical Company Defkalion.

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George Fotinos saluted the attendants, making a general report about the goals and the objectives of the Community of Thessaloniki and about the Hellenic (Greek) cultural blossoming that is observed in Thessaloniki through the co-operation of clubs, teams, institutions and people, fans of Greek Culture and Spirit.

Following he presented the Musical Band of Ancientgreek instruments Amothen, that opened the event.

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The excellent artists of the Musical Band of Ancientgreek instruments Amothen are searching the ancient greek music, its sounds, its melody, and they reproducing it after 1700 years. Their presence gave the style and the aesthetics of the celebration.

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The word amothen is an adverb. We find it only one time at the epics of Homer, and specifically at the 10th verse of the 1st Rapsody of epic – Odyssey, where the poet is referred to the Muse by saying:

τῶν ἁμόθεν γε, θεά, θύγατερ Διός, εἰπ κα ἡμῖν

Begin Oh Goddess, daughter of Zeus, and tell me

The members of the Musical Band of Ancientgreek instruments Amothen played and sang the Orphic Hymns of Nature, Saturn and Persephone.

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The members of the Musical Band of Ancientgreek instruments Amothen that participated at the celebration of the Winter’s Solstice (Iliostasion), were Vasilis Galanos (lyra Varvitos and song), Rosa Fragorapti (ancient lyra) and Vasileios Panousis (spartan lyra).

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Aspect of the event’s room.

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Aristotelis Ellin presents Mr. Aristotelis Kakogeorgiou, who saluted at the event.

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Aristotelis Kakogeorgiou is the founder of the Temple of the Greek Gods (the first modern greek Temple in Greece), president of the Marathon Club of Makedonia – Greece and representative of the Hepsilon Team.

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Mr Kostas Kalevras, representative of the Team Friends of the Epikourian Philosophy «The Garden of Thessaloniki» salutes.

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First lecturer was Georgios Agrodios (president of Pronetheus Pyrforos Club) who stressed the importance of resurrecting the greek morals and customs, like the ceremonies of the Equinoxes and the Solstices.

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Next lecturer was Panellinios, who referred to the Solstices by the scientific aspect  of the subject, in order to become clear for what reasons the ancient nations were celebrating with such greatness these days.

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Panellinios’s speech had plenty of videos in order to become immediately understandable the object of his reference by the audience.

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Socrates Sidiropoulos referred to the celebrations of the ancient nations during the days of the Winter’s Solstice, to their morals and their customs that survived until today, despite the continuous attempts of the religious establishment to eliminate or degrade them.

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George Fotinos informed the attendants about the acting of the ceremony was coming next, in order to be understandable to everyone what the ceremonies of the Winter’s Solstice  meant about our ancestors, what do they symbolize and for what reasons are being addressed invocations towards Vestal, Apollo or Dionysus Zagreas.

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The entrance of the Dionysus’s Thiasos has been done with greatness.

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The Priestesses precede holding the pitchers with the clear water for the purification (catharsis), the Priestesses with flame on the candles, the musicians etc.

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Preparation of the altar.

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Direction towards the purifying powers of the universe World.

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“You are purified by your anomies”!

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Invoke of the Priestess towards Vestal.

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Libation towards Vestal.

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The choral team of The Community of Hellenes “ΤΕΤΡΑΚΤΥΣ” sings the hymn towards Vestal.

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Invoke towards Dionysus Zagreas.

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The proud, glittering and pure greek beauty!

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Libation towards Dionysus Zagreas.

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Ode (song) towards Dionysus Zagreas.

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Invocation (epiclesis) towards Apollon.

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Libation towards Apollon.

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Ode (song) towards Apollon.

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Libation for the ancestors.

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“The name of the ancestors from the ashes of the Holy World invoke and I call”…

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“Ευοί ευάν”!

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The closing of the ceremony…

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With the carols that are rescued in Cyprus and were sung with enthusiasm from everybody!

Good evening  my lords,

if it is your pleasure

the Holy Birth of Great Sun

to tell about in your home.

Apollon, lord and noble God

come again  close to us

Oh luminary, your Highness

come and light our heart…

And for the symposium to begin with abundance of food dished at the table, came from the mother earth, with plenty of wine, fun and talks until late!

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It was a great evening that touched and enthused all the attendants. The most important is that after the establishment of the Equinoxes with the Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox on the 29th of September 2008, the foundations were placed and for the holidays of the Solstices in Thessaloniki, with ancientgreek optic and ceremonial, that from now on they will be celebrated with even more greatness.

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Ευοί ευάν!

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