Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 07/05/2014

Anthesteria or May Celebrations


 

 It was 1st of May and May wreaths were hung on doorways or balconies,but my May wreaths were floating on white fluffy clouds and changed shapes as they were slowly drifted away by the gentle wind …

Heavenly May  Wreaths

Heavenly May Wreaths

Fluffy Clouds drifting away ...

Fluffy Clouds carrying away and re-shaping the May Wreaths …

May Flowers and Wreaths

May Flowers and Wreaths

 

Well and carefully collected flowers from the garden,waiting to take their role in the May celebrations … Each one bright and cheerful ready to sacrifice its beauty for the purposes of the occasion …

Sparkling Flowe Faces

Sparkling  Faces ready for the sacrifice …

Merry Blossoms

Merry Blossoms in the garden

The Yellow Beauty was about to take a main role

The Yellow Beauty was about to take a main role

Numerous Pelargoniums ready for the flight ...

My Pelargoniums were ready for the flight …

Pelargoniums were very eager to participate in the celebrations and especially in the flight performance.Presumably,it was because of their name,as pelargos in Greek means stork.They had a very good reason to take part in the event and enjoy happy flights up in the sky …

May,the last month of Spring,takes its name from the ancient Greek word Maia which meant nurse or midwife and assisted women in childbirth ;  it was also one of the deities that protected fertility and birth.

And why my title : Anthesteria

The name Anthesteria (Ἀνθεστήρια), comes from the word ἄνθος (plural: ἄνθη or ἄνθεα = flowers or blossoms.

White and Purple stars in the garden ...

White and Purple stars in my garden …

Anhesteria,in ancient times,was a celebration in honour of Dionysos,the God of theatre,which took place in Athens and lasted three days.They were festivals of souls, plants and flowers, celebrating the rebirth of man and nature.The three days were almost completely separate events,but they had several things in common.The story behind Antesteria is long and very allegorical,but I don’t want to expand on overarching details,I simply want to let you enjoy the rebirth of nature after the rough winter …

By roses, and sleep that falls from bright shaking leaves. And a pasture for horses blossoms with the flowers of spring, and breezes are flowing here like honey and Nectar in golden cups,mixed with a festive joy :Come to me here …    Sappho Poems

 

The Spring Fresco 1550-1500 B.C.E.

The Spring Fresco 1550-1500 B.C.E. Santorini – Greece

 

The Spring Fresco

 

Replica from my personal collections : The Kissing Swallows and Lotus Flowers  ( 1550-15000 B.C.E. ), is part of the famous Minoan fresco ” The Spring Fresco “, in the Greek island of Santorini – Akrotiri -Thera.

✿ ✿ ✿  Happy May,my WordPress friends  ✿ ✿ ✿

 

 

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  1. Wonderful photos!!!! Have a nice day😊

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    • Thank you Marilena ! Glad you liked the pics,I loved your recipes,too!
      Have a great day , ❤ Doda 🙂

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  2. Blessed May wishes to you, Doda! Thank you for sharing such vivid colors and interesting information. Your posts are uniquely calming and inspirational. Blessings, Diane XO ♥

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    • Why thank you,dear Diane ! You make me blush … and I feel totally honoured to get such a comment from a remarkable and prolific writer like you ! Love ♡ (◠‿◠✿) ♡ and blessings,Doda 🙂

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  3. Hello, I am sorry to bother you. But do you know what happened to Thou San? The blog is very quite. I am worried that something is very wrong…

    Greetings from the Netherlands, Gert Jan

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    • Hi Gert Jan ! I haven’t heard from him for a very long time,hope he is staying well.We all miss him … You might get the answer you want if you click his Flickr space :

      Farewell, My Friends! - 1

      Kindest regards, Doda

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  4. hello dear friend! in my last post I have an award for you …. kisses!

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    • Thank you so very much for having included me ! It’s such a very special Blog Award !!! Love ♥♥♥ and hugs , Doda 🙂 xxx

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  5. Your imaginative creations are feasts for the eyes and heart.

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    • Thank you so much dear Sally ! Loved the textures of the rocks and the tree bark on your post today ! Nature is such a great artist and so you are ! Doda 🙂 xxx

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      • You’ve brought a smile across my day.

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        • My kindest thoughts to you,dear Sally,and thank you so very much for appreciating my heartfelt words 🙂 xxx

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  6. Hello and greetings from Egypt! Your may wreath is quite creative and your flowers are awesome! I love all the great info you give about May and the celebrations, it’s great the way you pulled it all together! I especially love the minoan fresco, that’s exquisite, isn’t it?!
    I have a long time love of Greece and a particular fascination with the minoan frescoes illuminating the ancient cretan civilization in the palace at Knossos, in fact I mentioned this in one of my posts I’m doing on my blog about my journey to Egypt after eloping with an egyptian man after meeting him online during a mid life crisis. You can see it if you like, at
    https://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/ep-6-joyride-to-egypt-from-a-mermaid-princess-named-scheherazade/

    nice to meet you and I look forward to reading more from your great blog! You have so many topjcs that I love, I plan to visit you often! Yasou!

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    • Hi dear friend from Egypt and many thanks for coming by and for your rich comment ! So glad you enjoyed the details and you didn’t stop only for the flowers.I also love Knossos frescoes and I have some replicas in my collection.It seems you are quite familiar with the ancient Greek civilization and you do love Greece.
      I’l soon visit and check out your work ! I was away for the weekend and I’m left behind. All the best, Doda 🙂

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  7. Hi Doda,

    This is such a gorgeous post for the lovely month of May and I especially love your beautiful wreaths!
    Lauren 🙂

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    • Thanks kindly Lauren for coming by and for your approving comment!Feel really glad you enjoyed it ! Best, Doda 🙂

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  8. Oh, Doda, you have taken my breath away with these photos of your flower gardens. And what you’ve done with the wreaths in the sky. Magnificent! I’ve learned some new things today! I love that bit of Sappho poem. And that fresco. Doda, you have outdone yourself, my friend! Happy May celebration! Many hugs to you! 😀

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    • Linda,Dear ! Can’t thank you enough for your rich and praiseful comment ! You made me so very happy for liking all the parts of it ! You know how much I like your brilliant posts and I always do my best to leave my comments and thank you for all the beauty you share with us !!! Last,but not least,very many thanks for your touching comment on my Edward’s post … I do treasure it,my sweet friend ! You have my love as always and big hugs ,Doda 🙂 xxxxxx

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  9. Thanks so much, Doda, for these bright and lively flower offerings, I very much enjoyed them. 🙂

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    • Glad you enjoyed them,Jet ! Spring always revives us and our spirits.
      Doda 🙂 xxx

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  10. Dear Doda, those wonderful blooms look magical .. I love Anthesteria flowers so vibrant.. May here too is celebrated in many parts with garlands of flowers..
    My own May day as you know was a special day…. I thank you for liking my post Doda… and wish you a wonderful Month full of colour and joy…
    Blessings sent your way xox
    Sue

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    • The same to you,dear Sue ! Yeah, joy and colour is exactly what we need 🙂 Your May celebrations indoors were absolutely delightful ! Loved the parade of all these happy faces and your poetic words !
      Love and ((( hugs ))) , Doda xxx

      PS : I so much enjoyed the creative chat we had,and many thanks for the open invite 🙂

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      • Like wise dear Doda… Bless you.. Enjoy your weekend xxx Hugs Sue

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  11. Wonderful post; lovely images and beautiful words. I always learn so much from you Doda. Thank you 🙂

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    • Blushed … dear Su ! Delighted you liked it,my friend! Many thanks for your compliment and for what you share with us.I’m a regular visitor to your remarkable posts and I do find them captivating from every POV ! All the best, Doda 🙂 xxx

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      • Thank you Doda. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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  12. Your blog is blooming these days, my friend. So many beautiful flowers and colours here. I like the Minoan art too.

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    • So glad you liked my floral posts,dear friend,and also the Minoan fresco ! Your landscape work and your posts with the refreshing rain droplets,are out of this world !!! Love and ((( hugs ))) , Doda 🙂

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  13. What a delightful post! I didn’t know that’s where the month of May got its name from. xo

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    • Thaaaaaank you,dear Christy ! So glad a talented poetess like you found my post delightful and informative.I also like the quality of your poetic work and not only !It seems,I ‘m really lucky to have met so many notable WP bloggers ! Warm wishes , Doda 🙂 xxx

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  14. Hi Doda!!!!
    Beautiful post!!!i love those floral wreaths on the sky! thank you for the wonderful tour!!! kisses ❤ ❤ ❤
    Simi

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    • My dear friend,Simi ! Can’t thank you enough for your praiseful comment and also for all the delicacies you share with us ! They are absolutely mouthwatering ! Love,hugs and xxxxxxx ,Doda 🙂

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  15. Absolutely exquisite, so well done, and I love those floral wreaths on the sky. I like it when you say, “Sparkling Faces ready for the sacrifice.” And the Sappho poem! The Fresco is a jewel!

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    • Thank you so much Maria for your praiseful comment and especially for appreciating the Spring Fresco ! You have a very good eye for detail and quality … Delighted you enjoyed my post !!!
      Love ♥♥♥ and ((( hugs ))) , Doda 🙂 xxxxx

      BTW,love our Flickr connections … 🙂

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  16. Wow! That is so beautifully done! You have a gorgeous garden, Doda. Thank you for the wonderful tour 🙂

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    • Thaaaaank U,dear Amy ! I also like the gardens of your soul …
      Much love as always, Doda 🙂 xxx

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      • Looks like garden is keeping you busy 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing, Doda!

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        • Only when the gardener is on hols … I would love to do some gardening if I had some more spare time,dear Amy 🙂
          Glad you appreciated my post, love ♥ & hugs , Doda 🙂

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  17. Wow, speaking of Eden or heaven, I think you sent us a piece of it here. What gorgeous flowers! And I love the Sappho poem! Thanks for brightening my day with all this beauty, visual and verbal! Hugs sweet Doda, Natalie 🙂

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    • Poor my work and my blossoms next to the treasures you daily share with us,dear Natalie ! I am constantly wandering in your gardens and get supreme bliss and contentment ! Feel so glad my post has brightened your day ; it was the least I could do in return …
      Big ((( hugs ))) and love ♥, Doda 🙂 xxx

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      • Not poor work at all, Doda! Beauty is beauty and any of it is always a treasure! And I really needed a treasure today! So thank you again for send me a piece of your Eden. Hugs, N 🙂

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        • Why thank you,dear Natalie,for your nice words and your compliment ! Feel so delighted you did appreciate what I shared with you today ! Moreover,I was totally entranced by your water lily post and its miraculous properties !!! I also loved the extensive ‘ wow ‘ analysis ! Hugs, Doda 🙂 xxx

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  18. Hi Doda,
    Beautiful post and I love the fact that It is related to that special celebration: Anhesteria… The rebirth of man and nature, and a tribute to Dyonisos. Really pretty, my friend..
    Best wishes xo, Aquileana 🙂

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    • Thanks kindly Aquileana for your nice words ! Feel really glad you appreciated the ancient connections.Anthesteria is a festival of deep, emotional involvement and transformation within yourself is almost irrevocable.The concept is filled with joy and takes all the heavy burdens away from you. Rejoice and put all the ritualistic procedures into perspective … You study the Greek Classics,you can easily find the grounding you need in Mythology related to Reality …
      All the best, Doda 🙂 xxx

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