Carnival Season

Carnival season in Greece (“Apokries”) starts 3 weeks before Easter.

Vathy, Ithaca

Carnival time in Vathy, Ithaca

Fancy dress processions through the streets, dancing groups and music bands. Bystanders throw confetti, streamers and sometimes firecrackers.

Vathy, Ithaca

Vathy carnival procession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Monday (“Katheri Leftera”) marks the beginning of Lent when meat, dairy and eggs are avoided by those who observe it.

If the sun shines on Clean Monday, families picnic outside with “lagana” (an unleavened flat bread), taramosalata, shellfish and salads, followed by sticky deserts. The skies are filled with colourful kites – another part of tradition.

Paliokastritsa, Corfu

Our Clean Monday feast on Palikastritsa beach

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