Greek Carnival: Apokreas – A Hint of Ancient Dionysian Revels

Apokreas Great Sunday Parade

  If you’re sightseeing in the middle of Athens before Lent and you’re suddenly descended upon by a roving gang of young men wielding plastic bats, don’t be alarmed. They hit people over the head, but the head-bonking is part of the playful merriment that is Apokreas – Carnival. Since ancient times, the Greeks have celebrated Carnival with pre-Christian rites. Every year Lent begins ... Read Full Article