Tsiknopempti or ” Smoke Thursday” is the Thursday during Carnival with Ancient Greek origin, it takes place only in Greece and marks the beginning of the Greek Orthodox fasting period before Easter (lent). This day the observant Greek Orthodox...
Known as «Apokries,» is a period which traditionally begins ten weeks before Greek Orthodox Easter and culminates on the weekend before «Clean Monday,» the first day of Lent, which is on March 14th this year.
The last weekend, on March 12th-13th carnival celebrations in Greece reach their climax, a feast of fun celebrated all over the country with masquerades and parties. The Greek name Apokries means abstention from meat, because after that, the period of Easter Lent begins.
The characteristic of Carnival is disguising and wearing costumes and masks that offer anonymity and freedom of expression. This festival dates back to Dionysos, the Ancient Greek god of wine, fun and fertility.
From this weekend you will see kids all over the country wearing costumes of their favorite heroes!!!