With festivals and various celebrations for over three weeks, greeks prepare for the long- lasting Easter fast that follows. Dating back to ancient times and the events in honor of God Dionysus, carnival traditions still survive till recent days.
Each city in Greece is dressed with its most festive mood and customs and traditions are being revived every year. The peak of this 3 week period starts on “Tsiknopempti”, where all streets smell of barbecue and continues till Ash Monday (Clean Monday) when the Lent period officialy starts.
For those travelling in Greece these days, most of the parties and events are held on the last weekend before Clean Monday. Decorations all over the cities, activities for children and grown ups, people in costumes and masks wandering around and the final street parade with numerous carnival participants dancing and singing.
In Greece, cities such as Patra, Rethymno or Xanthi are famous for their carnivals but Athens is also popular during this season. All over the city and the city’s center many events and festivities take place. For history and folklore lovers you can attend seminars in museums or view excibitions in public areas and learn more about the carnival customs in Greece.
Choose to visit Athens this period of joy and festivities. In Plaka, Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, Thissio and all over the city the municipality of Athens has organised carnival musical trails, concerts and many events. Brasil suites is close to everything you’ll need and to Athens center, offering you easy access.