No. XX (1989)


Stefi Korti Kundi
Independent researcher, Thessaloniki

Published 01.12.1989


  • antesteria (anthesteria),
  • Dionysos (Dionysus),
  • ancient Greek religion,
  • etymology,
  • pagan cults

How to Cite

Korti Kundi, S. (1989). Antesterije. Balcanica - Annual of the Institute for Balkan Studies, (XX), 329–339. Retrieved from


Antesteria were one of the holidays celebrated in honor of the god Donysos – for three days, from 11th to 13th Antesterion (February–March). The first day: tapping into – pithoigia, the second day: Choes – celebration of jugs – competition in drinking, secret sacrifices, the third day: Chitroi – celebration of pots, vegetable sacrifice for the dead. The ethnology of the word Antesteria is not completely reliable. Usually it is connected with the verb anthéo (to blossom).


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