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The Elaphebolia (/ˌɛləfɪˈbli.ə/;[1] Έλαφηβόλια Elaphēbolia) was an ancient Greek festival held at Athens and Phocis during the month of Elaphebolion (March/April dedicated to Artemis Elaphebolos (deer slayer). In the town of Hyampolis in Phocis, it would have been instituted by the inhabitants to commemorate a victory against the Thessalians.

Cakes made from flour, honey, and sesame and in the shape of stags were offered to the goddess during the festival.[2]

Modern followers of Hellenism (religion) observe Elaphebolia as a holiday. It falls on the 6th day of the month of Elaphebolion. In 2020 it will fall on March 1.[2]

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  1. ^ Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary. New York: Barnes & Noble. 1994. p. 458. ISBN 1-56619-147-5.
  2. ^ a b "Elaphebolia". Hellenion. Archived from the original on 2019-09-29. Retrieved 2020-04-20.