Athens

Apokries (Greek carnival)

19 Feb 2017

If you love to party then Athens between Sunday 24th January and Sunday 14th February is the place for you.It’s the three weeks of Apokries, the Greek carnival.
Apokries for the Greek Orthodox Church is the three week period before the Ash Monday when the the 40-day long Lenten Fast begins.
However the festivities have their origins in ancient Greece and the celebrations in honour of Dionysus (Bachus), the god of wine and joy, that used to take place to celebrate the end of Winter.
Children almost universally follow the tradition of dressing up but Apokries is a good excuse for fun for the grown ups too. Home parties are organised every weekend, reaching their peak in the third weekend of the period and all bars and clubs are decorated to welcome the dressed up party goers. Plaka is the epicentre of action during this last weekend with thousands of people gathering there and following a self styled parade of the costumed masses.

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