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Feast of Sekhmet

January 7, 2023

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An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 7 of January, repeating indefinitely

January 7
First occurrence:
ancient times
According to ancient Egyptian mythology,
the god Ra sent Sekhmet to punish humanity
as they were straying from the rules
that Ra had made for them.

But the blood-lusted Sekhmet was so good at her job,
that Ra feared she might lead humanity to extinction.

To stop the raging goddess,
Ra added red coloring to many thousands jugs of beer
to make it resemble blood.

Sekhmet in her state of rage was easily persuaded
to drink all the beer to the last drop
and fell asleep.

It was said that Sekhmet awoke the next day
as the considerably more amiable
cat-headed goddess Bastet.

Bastet is known to be protector of homes, family
and of course her children, the cats.

If anyone threatens those she protects,
she becomes Sekhmet again
and you really don’t want to anger Sekhmet!
This day is celebrated with red drinks.

Alcohol is optional.
This will satisfy the blood lust of Sekhmet
and reveal her more friendly side
…until next year.