Feasts of Adonis, celebrated in Assyria, Alexandria, Egypt,
Judea, Persia, Cyprus, and all Greece, for eight days. Lucian gives a
long description of them. In these feasts wheat, flowers, herbs,
fruits, and branches of trees were carried in procession, and thrown into the sea
or some fountain.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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