Naked by the light of the moon

Aethers at Haloa festival dancing around a giant phallus (Oedipus Painter, 480 BC Today is the winter solstice which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In our present times, celebrations of the winter solstice are uncommon, however, in ancient Greece winter solstice celebrations were a sight to behold. The festival celebrating the winter solstice in ancient Greek times was called the Haloea and all the evidence suggests that it was an occasion for great pleasure for all people regardless of status. The festival was held primarily in honour of the god Poseidon but both Dionysus and Artemis were revered as a part of the festival as well. The Haloea was celebrated all thr

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