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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...

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...

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,"...

Patra's 2020 Carnival Kicks off With Spectacular Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for the famous Carnival of the city of Patras took place on Saturday, January 18 in Greece's third-largest city. Patras' Carnival is the largest of its kind in Greece and one of the largest and most spectacular...

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...

Athens Kicks Off Carnival Season with a Tribute to Greece's Folk Traditions

In a tribute to Greece's folk traditions during carnival, the Museum of Modern Greek Culture is collaborating with the Social Cooperative Enterprise (SCE) Folknet to organize an event that is open to the public this Sunday, to mark the...