A friend took us to visit her local temple, Sennen-ji 「専念寺」 in Honyabakei 「大分県中津市本耶馬渓」, which boasts a 450 year history. They have a huge display of dolls for Hinamatsuri 「ひなまつり」 “Girl’s Day” or “Doll’s Day.” These are only a small sampling of the hundreds of dolls on display.
After a meet day with friends, when I was turning home alone, I saw that there was an Antique Festival.
I entered an old world, talked with new people and of course I bought somethings.
After I watched auction 💜
If you have a time, you should go the old world. 💕
✨The festival will be open until 10 July. ✨
Place: Sirkeci Train Station
Hay-on-Wye, Wales Astride the border between England and Wales is compact little Hay-on-Wye. Often simply called Hay (the suffix comes from the River Wye, which flows through the town), this is the world’s capital of antiquarian and secondhand books, and a monument to British eccentricity. Hay was once a sleepy market town surrounded by sheep-grazed hills. Then along came Richard Booth in the 1960s, determined to reverse its economic decline by converting an empty building into the town’s first bookstore. Thanks to his perseverance (and some successful publicity stunts, such as declaring Hay an independent nation), book buyers came in droves, and the town with a population of 2,000 now has more than 30 bookstores stocking millions of titles among them. Hay’s annual Festival of Literature, known to bibliophiles everywhere, is the largest gathering of its type in Britain, with writers and poets coming from around the world to give readings and hold informal discussions about their work.
While the use of grotesque masks in the Tsam dances creates an impression of going back to high antiquity, the festival is in fact a relatively recent tradition. Among the southern Mongol tribes, the annual dance seems to have been adopted during the second half of the eighteenth century. At the capital of Urga (near present-day Ulan Baatar) it is said that these dances were first performed in the monastery of Bogdo Gegen (“Living Buddha”) in 1811.
Holidays for Athena, please? She's helped my mate and I out a lot :) Thank you! I always enjoy your blog C:
Alright! Athena! Goddess of wisdom and kicking butt, let’s see what I can dig up on
There’s Panathenaea which was probably the biggest celebration in ancient Athens. Everyone except for slaves were historically involved in the celebrations. Panathenaea honored Athena Polias, Athena of the City. The Greater Panathenaea was held once every four years, while the Lesser Panathenaea was held yearly. The greater version of the celebration was basically a larger and more elaborate version. (Mommsen, Heortologie der Athener) It takes place near the end of Hecatombaeon, possibly starting on the 11th or 16th. (Timocrates) (Schaefer,Demosth.) That would place the holiday sometime in the last week of July this year.The festival involved musical contests, gymnastics contests, chariot races, and a large procession which moved through the city leaving offerings at the temple of Athena.
Arrhephoria is another holiday of Athena’s, a great feast held in her honor. I can’t find anything suggesting a date, but it seems that during Arrhephoria two young girls were chosen to honor Athena and carry offerings to the temple of Athena, and help with other festival tasks (Cantarella, Eva.Pandora’s Daughters: The Role & Status of Women in Greek & Roman Antiquity.)
Chalkeia was another festival of Athena Ergane, which is the Festival of Bronze-workers. It honored both Athena and Hephaestus on the last day of Pyanopsion, placing it at November 12th this year. Every year a ritual loom was set up to honor Athena where women would volunteer to weave things in her honor. (Jenifer Neils, Goddess and Polis: The Panathenaic Festival in Ancient Athens )
Plynteria began on the 22nd of Thargelion, and lasted about five days. This would have it starting on May 11th for 2015, and running till May 15th. It seems to have been a cleansing festival, where all statues of Athena were ritualistically cleansed, and covered to protect them from the gaze of men. Business was forbidden on these days as it was seen as unlucky. (Parker, Robert. Plynteria)
Finally, I’ve got Apaturia. Apaturia took place on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of Pyanepsion, which would place it on October 24th through 26th this year. The first day was celebrated with feasts in the home. The second day was for public sacrifice, and the third way was when children born in the last year could have their names added to the registry by their fathers.
Man’s Shibori Underkimono.
1870-1920, Japan. The Kimono
Gallery. A man’s silk juban featuring a rare design of impressive ‘mino
shibori’ patterns. 'Mino shibori’ is so named because the lines radiating from
the neck resemble 'mino’, straw raincoats traditionally worn in the countryside
of Japan. This mino shibori technique is sometimes utilized in an outer kimono
intended for wear during specific festivals.
Summer Kimono. Mid to
late Meiji (1880-1911). Japan. The Kimono Gallery. A sheer hitoe (unlined) silk summer kimono
featuring artistic depictions of large banana leaves and dragonflies.
Highlights include silver and gold foil, as well as many horizontal
silver-thread inserts. There is a single finely-embroidered family crest. The
banana is not endemic to Japan, and is rarely used in Japanese art. In this
instance, the large banana leaves are decorative, implying the lushness of
summer. The “tonbo”, or dragonfly, does have a long history in
Japanese art, with various connotations; in this instance, they provide a
nostalgic image of the long ago days of childhood and chasing dragonflies
during summer days through the rice paddies. The fact that this kimono
possesses a mon (family crest) is quite unusual, as this indicates a
semi-formal kimono – most summer kimonos have no family crests. Thus this
kimono may have been created to be worn at a specific summer festival.