It’s Carnival Time in Greece
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)
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