Carnival in Greece

Chrisa Lepida | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Well, I know that so far I have been suggesting summer destinations, islands, beaches and sunny excursions, but now it’s about time to talk about the carnival season, so hello winter!

And yes, Greece has multiple destinations where you could actually enjoy the carnival days and experience the Greek culture in different ways! Traditional, Venetian, or Modern, the Greek carnival will definitely surprise you and will guarantee you the time of your life! Imagine the biggest party you've ever seen. Wander through the streets, drink and play pranks. Add loud music and some thousands of participants dressed in “you-name-it costumes” floating the streets. Under the auspices of the Carnival King, you are welcome to come together with all the fellow masqueraders and fill the city streets, bars, clubs and colourful parade groups. The Greek Carnival is special and unique because customs date back to the pagan world of ancient Greece.

During ancient times, Greeks worshiped Dionysos, the god of wine and fertility. That is why the Dionysian festivals celebrated of rebirth. Ancient celebrations were organized annually at the end of winter, a way to welcome the rebirth that spring brings the world. Today, the tradition continues in another form, connected to the Orthodox religion. Apokries is a three-week preparation period before the 40-day Lent, covering 22 days and three Sundays. The Greek word "apokries" means without meat, it is a time when many choose to fast or give up meat. When the carnival festive season is over, the period of fasting until Easter begins. Take the opportunity to enjoy the first day of spring in the nicest way possible, joining in with Clean Monday celebrations!


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