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Greece Celebrates Tsiknopempti Under Lockdown

Tsiknopempti is going to look a lot different this year due to Greece's strict anti-virus measures and national lockdown.

Defiant Athens to Celebrate Carnival Season Despite Coronavirus Fears

The spread of the coronavirus in Europe is not discouraging the Greek people, who are all set to participate in this year's Carnival season, or “Apokries.” Cities and towns throughout the country have made ready for the colorful festivities which...

Apokries: Carnival Season Kicks Off in Greece

The carnival season, or "Apokries," has arrived once again in Greece, and cities and towns throughout the country are now preparing for a full slate of colorful festivities during the three-week-long celebrations. Apokries culminates on the weekend before "Kathara Deftera,"...

Thousands Dress Up and Party at Sunday's Grand Carnival Parade in Patras

Thousands of visitors and residents of the city of Patras are enjoying the sunny weather by dancing and singing at the Grand Carnival parade on Sunday. The Carnival has been taking place since the 19th century. Every year, approximately 30,000 people...

Greek Carnival Reaches Climax with a Hint of Ancient Dionysian Revels

The Carnival season, or “Apokries” in Greek, is slowly coming to an end this weekend, but not without a bang. Greeks across the country are going to celebrate the last days of freedom before the 40-day Greek Orthodox Lenten...

Experiencing Greece’s Wildest Carnival

The Skyros carnival is not widely known around Greece, however its entertainment and rituals make it one of the wildest events of the Greek carnival season. Describing some of its most peculiar customs and traditions, "Skyros Carnival," a book dedicated...

Greek Carnival and Clean Monday Traditions

The Carnival season, or "Apokries" in Greek, is slowly coming to an end this weekend, but not without a bang. Greeks across the country are going to celebrate the last days of freedom before the Greek Orthodox 40-day Lent...

Carnival Events Across Greece

Many carnival events took place this weekend across Greece, despite the fact that everyone's attention is turned to Brussels for tomorrow's critical Eurogroup. People dressed in costumes filled the streets of cities and small towns, celebrating and making pranks. After...

The Greek Carnival Season Has Arrived

Carnival celebrations, or “apokries” in Greek, have already begun all over Greece and people of all ages are looking forward to masquerading themselves, celebrate and engage in pranks. The celebrations of music, dance and colors mark a unique three-week-long...

Greek Carnival: A Hint of Ancient Dionysian Revels

The Apokriés, or Carnival season, is about to begin in Greece once again, and people of all ages are looking forward to disguising themselves in masquerades, celebrate and engage in pranks and general revelry, and burn the effigy of King...