Dates & Festivals
The ancient Greeks used several different calendars, most of which were specific to particular city-states or regions. There are many ways to approach festival calendars. Some polytheists use reconstructions, some follow a modern lunar calendar, others use completely modern solar calendars.
Below you will find links to reconstructed festival calendars, ritual details, and other resources for building your own festival calendar.
Of all the ancient Greek festival calendars, the calendar of Attica is the most complete. For this reason, it is a popular choice in Hellenic Polytheist communities, and is by far the most common festival calendar. Like other Greek calendars Attic months traditionally start at dusk following the first visual sighting of the new moon. The New Year begins on the first new month following the summer solstice.
Despite being famous for having a jam-packed festival calendar in ancient times, not much survives of the Delphic calendar. This makes it a good choice for anyone who finds a smaller number of festivals more manageable, those who want a good foundation on which to build their own festival calendar, anyone with a particular interest in the religious life of ancient Delphi, and anyone who would like to add a non-Athenian perspective.