Thesmophoria was a 3-day harvest festival of the ancient Greeks. It was celebrated in the autumn, to honor Demeter, the Greek Goddess of Food Grains.
Worship of Demeter as their goddess of all grains seems to have occurred primarily in connection to natural fertility. Every year during autumn, the festival of Thesmosphoria was held to honor the goddess.
On the first day of this festival, married women built beautiful shelters for the Goddess to rest, complete with comfy couches and plants. On the second day, they fasted.
The festival ended with a grand feast on the third day, which included delectable offerings for the Goddess, prepared from seed corn, to win her blessings for a bountiful harvest, cakes, fruits and pigs.
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