the lesser and the greater Dionysia getting through the winter


The central event was the pompe,  the procession, in which phalloi were carried by phallophoroi. Also participating in the pompe were young girls carrying baskets, others who carried long loaves of bread, and jars of wine. This festival was held in the lunar month straddling the vernal equinox, i.e., Mar.-Apr.  The phalloi represented the resurrected life of Dionysus, god of wine; also for Osiris, whose reawakened form was wheat. Wheat and wine. The body and blood of the god, dead and now eternally reborn.