Friday, February 25, 2011
GREEK CARNIVAL, GREEK FRENZY!
Apokries, also known as Carnavali, is a very popular time period in Greece which is celebrated prior to the beginning of Lent. Parades, dancing, huge feasts and a little partying mixed with festive costumes and kefi make Apokries a festive time.
The roots of Carnival/Apokries in Greece started in Ancient times, believed to be as a worship to Dionysos, the God of Wine and Feast. In more modern times, Orthodox tradition Apokries is the preparation period before Lent. Apokries, literally broken down, means saying goodbye to meat.
Apokries runs for 3 weeks immediately preceding Lent. The bigger celebrations in Greece are in Patras and in Rethymno on Crete.