Artemisia 25 May: Artemesia, the birthday of the Great Goddess of Ephesos, observed as a grand procession on the sixth day of Thargêliôn, the day prior to the festival of first-fruits, for which the Hellenic month is named. At Her world-renowned Temple, She was served by women and gender-variant priestesses, not surprising considering the proximity of Ionia to Phrygia. So great was the prominence of the Goddess here that Iônikòs often became synonymous with effeminate. The sixth day of each month, originally marking the lunar first quarter, was dedicated to Artemis, much as the last day to Hecátê. CIted from Website: Festivals