Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days A Year for May 7th, Thargelia

Samhain Blessing Witch
May 7th

Thargelia

Held on the sacred island of Delos in ancient Greece, the Thargelia honored Apollo and Artemis. This was a festival of prophecy, music, medicine, and poetry. There were processions, offerings of first fruits, and elaborate musical contests. A youth, with both living parents, was chosen to carry an olive branch, entwined with white and purple wool and hung with figs, acorns, and a vessel of wine to the sanctuary of Apollo. This elaborate offering stayed in the shrine until the next Thargelia, at which time it was replaced by a new branch, adorned with fresh fruits and wine.