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Be Unplugged! The Patras Carnival in Greece Kicks Off

The annual Patras Carnival, the largest in Greece, will open on Saturday with a ceremony at the main square of Aghios Georgios. This year's theme is "Be Unplugged!" and the events began on Wednesday, with the town crier riding on...

Apokries: Carnival Season in Full Swing in Greece

Carnival celebrations in Greece, or “Apokries,” started at the weekend and will culminate next weekend. Young and old carnival-goers flooded the streets all over the country after a long period during which the coronavirus pandemic limited events. The western city of...

Meat Eaters Delight as Greece Celebrates Tsiknopempti

The country is currently indulging in Tsiknopempti, one of the most important dates on the calendar in Greece.

Car Crashes into Carnival in Belgium Leaving Six Dead

A car crashed into revelers at a carnival parade in Belgium on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and 10 people with severe injuries. Authorities do not believe it was terror-related. The crash occurred as people were preparing carnival...

Apokries: Greek Carnival Season Reaches Peak this Weekend

Carnival celebrations in Greece, or "Apokries," are some of the most beloved traditions in the country. Celebrated before the period of Great Lent, or "Sarakosti," begins, Apokries allow revelers to partake in all the food, dance, and celebration they can...

Carnival in Naoussa, The Unique Tradition With Ancient Greek Roots

Greece is a country where the annual Carnival season is closely linked to its rich and very ancient folklore tradition. Dozens of beloved local festivities take place each late Winter across the entire country. However, very few have as deep...

Joy in The Time of Coronavirus: Greece Divided Over Carnival Ban

2020 will certainly be a year to remember Greece's Carnival festivities, and the reason is that, for the first time in many decades, the country will not hold any Carnival festivities whatsoever. Well, at least, not any officially organized festivities. Thursday's...

Coronavirus Outbreak: Local Communities React to Carnival Cancellation

Local communities in Greece have reacted negatively to the government's decision to cancel all Carnival festivities in the country between February 29 and March 2 in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus in the country. Greece's largest...

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,"...