Festivals

Here is a preliminary calendar for the festivals of Aset. The dates here are the ones listed on the actual ancient calendars. So, for “The Feast of Aset, the Eldest Sister/Shemsety” it is dated the 26th Day of the First Month of Akhet. The Greek/Roman festivals have Julian dates associated with them so I kept them on those dates. So the Lychnapsia is listed on 12 of August. Furthermore, any festivals that overlapped were kept on their respective dates such as the Roman Lychnapsia corresponds to the Kemetic Aset Luminous Festival.

(The Full Calendar can be found in my book:  Lady of Praise, Lady of Power: Ancient Hymns of the Goddess Aset.)

Festival Calendar

Sacred Times of the Day
9th Hour-Sacred to Aset

Sacred Times of the Night
7th Hour-Repeller of the Snake Ap-p (Aset Slays Ap-p in tandem with Set) / Lady of the Holy and Mysterious (Aset and Wesir birth Heru-Ra)
12th Hour-Beholder of the Beauty of Ra (Dawn)

Weekly Festivals
First Day of Week-Festival of Entry (1)

Monthly Festivals
1st Day of Each Lunar Month-Sacred to Aset
3rd Day of Each Month-Birth of Aset
4th Day of Each Month-Offering to Aset of Philae
6th Day of Each Month-Sixth-Day Feast
7th Day of Each Month-Seventh Day Feast
8th Day of Each Lunar Month-Sacred to Aset
15th Day of Each Lunar Month-Goddess Fifteen (Full Moon)
22nd Day of Each Lunar Month-Festival of Sopdet
New Moon-Festival of the New Moon of Aset (2)

Yearly Festivals

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
1-Feast of Aset
1 to 15-Manifestation Feast of Every God and Every Goddess
2-Festival of the Birth of Aset
3-Festival of the Birth of Aset/Amesysia
4-Festival of the Birth of Aset
6-Day of Renewal
8-Festival of the Birth of Aset/Amesysia
10-Appearance and Procession the Night of Aset; Festival and Procession of Aset
11-Procession of Aset
12-Appearance and Procession of Aset
12 of August-Festival of the Lights of Aset/Lychnapsia
19-Procession and Purification of Aset, of the Beautiful Arms (Isis Nephremmis) and Heru-sa-Aset (Harpokrates)
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset
22-Words Spoken by Weret Hekau
25-Festival of the Birth of Aset
26-Feast of Aset, the Eldest Sister/Shemsety
27 of August-Festival of the Birth of Aset/Amesysia
28 to 30 of August-Festival of the Birth of Aset

2nd Akhet/Paopi/September
3-Feast of Weret Hekau
6-Feast of Aset and Festival of Aset, the Great, Lady of the Two Lands
6-Aset places the Amulet upon Herself for She is Pregnant with Heru-sa-Aset
7 of September-Festival and Procession of Aset
11-Festival of Aset
15-Feast of Aset
20-23-Festival of Aset

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
7 of October-Going Forth of Aset
8-Procession of Aset and Appearance of Aset
8-Procession of Aset, Her heart is pleased; Inheritance is given to Her son, Heru
17-Lamentations of Aset and Nebet Het
17 to 20-Festival of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses)
20-Procession of the Lights of Aset and Sacrifice to Aset/Lampadeia
24-Procession of Aset and Appearance of Aset and Nebet Het in Jubilation
28 to 31 October-Festival of Aset/Isia

4th Akhet/Koiak/November
1 to 3 of November-Festival of Aset Rejoicing/Isia
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
6 to 9 of November-Festival of Aset/Isia
8 to 16-Festival of the Marriage of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
9 to 26-Entering the Temple of Aset-Shentayet
10-Birth of Aset
13 to 16 of November-Festival of Aset/Isia
14-Procession of Tayet
18 to 30-Mysteries of Wesir
20-Cleansing Festival of Aset
26-Sarapia
28-Procession of Hatmehyt in Busiris
29-Rites of Aset/Kikellia

1 Peret/Tybi/December
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
1-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the Goddess Aset, of the Beautiful Arms (Isis Nephremmis), the Great
7-Coming of Aset from Phoenicia
8-Festival of Isis Pharia
14-Weeping of Aset and Nebet Het
19 of 1 Peret to 4 of 2 Peret-Festival of Navigation of Aset to Isheru
22-Feast of the Two Goddesses (Aset and Nebet Het)
Winter Solstice-Seeking of Wesir
25-Establishment of the Celestial Cow, Descent of the Dove
25 of December-Rites of Aset/Kikellia

2 Peret/Mechir/January
1 to 30-Sacred Month to Aset
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
1 of January-Navigation of Aset/Ploiphesia/Navigium Isidis
2 of January-Festival of the Rejoicing of Aset’s Return
3 of January-Imperial Ships of Aset
6-Feast of Aset, the Mourning Cow/Black Cow
12 to 24-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
16-Awakening of Aset by the Majesty of Ra
20-Procession of the Goddess of Heaven Goes South to the Road
26-Aset Sees the Beautiful Face

3 Peret/Pamenot/February
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
5 of February-Festival of Isis
10-Procession of Nesert
29-Adoration of Aset of Many Names/Proskynema of Isis of Many Names
30-Festival of Aset in Busiris

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
1-Feast of Ra and the Eye of Ra
4 to 21-Aset, Mother of God Gives Birth to Heru-sa-Aset
5 to 6 of March-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
9 of March-Adoration of Aset, the very Great Goddess, Sovereign and Savior/Proskynema of Isis
20 of March-Pelusia
20 to 21-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
20 to 23-Festival of Aset
28-Aset Births Heru-sa-Aset/Isis Births Horus the Younger
29-Dedication Feast of Aset

1 Shomu/Pachons/April
1-Harvest Festival
12-Marriage Contract of Aset
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset
21-Sacred Festival of Aset of Pharos (Isis Pharia)
25 of April-Sacrifice to Aset of Pharos (Isis Pharia)/Sacrum Phariae and Serapia
26-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
26 of April-Harvest Festival

2 Shomu/Payni/May
2-Great Festival of the Two Lands
4-Festival of the Birth of Aset
9 of May-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
10-Appearance and Procession of Aset, Mistress of Aba
11 of May-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
14-Festival of Aset
13 of May-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
21-Day of the Living Children of Nut
23 of May-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
28-Procession and Offerings in Djedu (3)
31 of May to 1 of June-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria

3 Shomu/Epiphi/June
2-Great Feast of the Two Lands
4-Conception of Heru-sa-Aset
12-Procession of Aset and Celebration of the Marriage Contract of Aset
14 of June-Night of the Teardrop of Aset
21-One Who Makes Lamentation Before Aset, the Beautiful, the Great Goddess
22-Feast of Entry of Aset
26 of 3 Shomu to 15 of 4 Shomu-Festival of the Birth of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
28-Appearance of Sopdet
30-Burning the Widow’s Flame

4 Shomu/Mesore/July
2-Aset Luminous: Procession of Aset, the Brilliant, Mother of God
16 of July-Ferrying of Aset, the Great Goddess
16 to 17 of July-Festival of the Birth of Aset
19-Celebrate your Feast of your God.
20 of July-Festival of the Birth of Aset
22-Festival of the Children of Nut and Geb
26 of 4 Shomu to 4 of Extra Days-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple
28 to 30-Festival of the Birth of Aset

Days Upon the Year
1-Birthday of Wesir
2-Birthday of Heru Wer
3-Birthday of Set
4-Birthday of Aset
5-Birthday of Nebet Het
Extra Day 4 to 1 of 1 Akhet-Festival of the Birth of Aset

    Endnotes

1) The ancient Egyptian week is 10 days. So you could celebrate this once a modern week (7 days) or once every 10 days as the ancients did.

2) This festival did not have a specific month listed with it so I put it here.

3) This festival from Djedu is for Aset, Wesir and Heru-sa-Aset.

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