| Tuesday, 3 October 2017 |
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Dionysius (City Dionysia)

Event source: Basic Calendar Events
12:00 AM
The September festival of Bacchus, also called the City Dionysia, was specifically the festival of the wine-god in his role as the patron of the theater. The theaters of ancient Greece and Rome usually had subsidized tickets for the poor, and assigned judges to hear and weigh the merits of individual plays.

Some pagan groups use this day specifically to stage plays or play-readings, and it's a good time of year to attend Shakespeare festivals outside or in. In ritual, the use of masks and theatrical effects is quite appropriate. To mimic the form and pattern of a Greek theater, shift from a circle to a half-circle, and assign no more than four speaking roles in your ritual for the day.