Monday 27 February 2023

Carnival - Apokries

Greece's Carnival season, known as Apokries, is upon us. It begins ten weeks before Greek Orthodox Easter and culminates on the weekend before 'Clean Monday', (Ash Monday), the first day of Lent, which is on February 27th this year. The Greek name Apokries means abstention from meat, because after that, the period of Easter Lent begins. 

It's a feast of fun celebrated all over the country with fancy dress, carnival processions and parties. This festival dates back to Dionysos, the ancient Greek god of wine, fun and fertility. 

Last Saturday we decided to go to Athens to take part in the carnival procession lead by the Batala Atenas group

which started at the foot of the Acropolis.

Lots of people watching

The band looked great, and the Brazilian music was fun as well as being very loud

We started moving off, very slowly, past the Acropolis Museum

all along Dionyssou Aeropagitou pedestrianised street

lots of kids wore fancy dress

I asked if I could take a photograph - the father of the two little girls said yes, but one of them shyly moved off and hid behind her mum. This one however nodded in agreement, so here she is

This little girl was dancing to the music - she is very good, has a natural rhythm

 A bit later we saw a guy blowing bubbles - there was a real sense of celebration everywhere

We moved on as the procession was too slow, and sat here, in the sunshine for a while, had an energy drink

and watched people going by

including this fire fighter.

On the way home we came across the Incredible Haulk

who enjoyed posing for us.

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