Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Spirituality 365 Days a Year for August 7 & 8
Festival of Hathor
In ancient Egypt, the inundation of the Nile began about this time. As the waters rose to feed the land, Hathor, the cow-headed Goddess was honored (as were other deities).
Festivals in Egypt celebrated both the rising of the sun as well as the rising of the moon. During the daylight hours, the statue of the deity being worshiped was taken from the temple and paraded before the people—the only time the public was allowed to view the Gods, as the inner sanctums of the temples were closed to all but the priesthood. As the sun set and the moon began to rise, the nocturnal rights began. Candles in glass containers and lamps of colored translucent stone were ignited and decorated the homes and temples along the Nile. When the moon reached its zenith, prayers and blessings would have been said to bring the celebration to a close.