It’s Carnival Time in Greece

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See Traditions Come to Life!

The national carnival known as Apokries is celebrated in Greece during the weeks before lent commences leading up to Greek Orthodox Easter. All around the country traditional celebrations take place, unveiling some of Greece’s most colorful, fun, weird and wonderful customs.  CYA Spring Semester Students can also join in the festivities happening a stone’s throw away from their doorstep in Athens.

*Don’t miss! the traditional Lenten picnic and kite-flying celebration which takes place on Philopappou Hill on Mon 19 Feb Clean Monday (*national public holiday)

Free Events! Celebrate Apokries in Athens
cyathens, cya students apokries athens, carnivalThurs 15 Feb | Technopolis, Gazi

8:30pm: The Athens Big Band plays swing and jazz

Sat 17 Feb | Omonoia (downtown Athens)

7:00pm: Parade with the Dance Club of Koudounai

Route: Omonoia, Athena St, Aeolou, St Irene Square, Psyri Square

Sat 17 Feb | Plaka

7:00pm: Masquerade parade

Route: Monastiraki Square, Adrianou St and around streets of Plaka finishing at Acropolis metro station

Sun 18 Feb | Acropolis Metro station

11:00am: Masquerade parade

Route: Metro Acropolis, Plateia or Squares of Saint Catherine, Philomous, Kydathinia, Adrianoupolis, Tripodon, Flessas, Lysios, Marcus Aurelius, Adrianou St, Monastiraki

Mon 19 Feb | CLEAN MONDAY & (*national public holiday) | Philopappou Hill

From 10:00am: Traditional Lenten feasting, music and dancing and flying kites.Clean Monday Athens Kite Flying cyathens, cyablog


See: Apokries Carnival in Athens – Why Athens