I’m sure there’s a reason I get ideas while sitting in the tub, unable to write them down. Maybe it’s because if I were driving I might try to write them down, which surely wouldn’t end well. This week I got the idea to
celebrate the secular holiday season with a festival to one of my favorite aspects of Hermes, Agaraios, which effectively means “of the marketplace.” Let the fun begin.
The festival is going be held in early December (specifically the 4th of Poseideon, because the fourth day of the month is sacred to Hermes; my calculations are not always successful but I think that falls on December 6), and serve as an opening of the marketplace for the madcapitalist mayhem which traditionally ensues for the various holidays that a friend of mine has chosen to replace with something she calls “Giftmas.”
What I can say for sure is that I’ve no real experience creating a festival for a god — the only other one I have invented is agricultural, an unnamed festival of lilies in the summer. I would be interested in knowing how others structure their day when they create solo festivals. I know what sorts of things I want to do, though:
- Buy a gift for each person in my immediate sphere, even if it’s a small one.
- Give away our offering jar to a family I have identified; we’ve been filling this jar with cash all year for this purpose. (I put money in whenever I experience a stroke of luck, on Wednesdays, the fourth of the month, and whenever else the mood strikes me.)
- Make some kind of meal.