Greece Opening Day:
The Champions gathered together under flags representing their city-states
and met Zeus at the Parthenon to begin their voyage through Greece.
The parade of Champions
Zeus at the Parthenon
Coming before Zeus
My children representing Athens
Zeus reading his scroll to the Champions
Afterward, each family preformed a Greek myth:
This family told the story of Hera and Io, the (cutest little) cow.
These two families performed Pandora's Box.
This group told the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.
My kids performed the Greek myth about Demeter, goddess of the harvest,
and her daughter Persephone, goddess of spring.
(L to R: Hades, Demeter, Persephone, and Zeus.)
Hades fell in love with Persephone and begged Zeus to make her his wife.
All of a sudden, the ground opened up under Persephone,
and Hades stole her away to the Underworld.
Demeter searched and searched but could not find Persephone anywhere.
Meanwhile, Persephone was miserable with Hades and wouldn't eat.
And Demeter was so sad without her daughter
that she would allow nothing to grow on the earth.
Zeus had to do something to save the earth;
therefore, he sent Hermes, messenger of the gods,
to tell Hades to let Persephone go.
Notice how happy Persephone is?
But Hades knew how to trick Persephone:
he offered her pomegranate, and she ate three seeds.
Then Hermes escorted her to her mother, Demeter.
They were so happy to be reunited.
But when Demeter asked Persephone if she ate the food of the dead,
Persephone told her yes, three Pomegranate seeds.
Demeter knew it meant that for three months out of the year,
Persephone would have to live with Hades in the Underworld.
Then the earth would be cold and winter, and nothing would grow.
But for the remainder of the year, Persephone would live on earth with Demeter,
and it would be spring and summer and autumn,
and flowers would grow, the earth would be green,
and every year there would be a harvest.
One last picture with Zeus