Last Days of Apokries (Carnival) in Athens. Let’s Party!

Events, What's New — By Paige Moore on March 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

There are three days left of Carnival, the period where Orthodox Greeks are still given the grace to indulge in excess and walk the streets in silly costumes. Admittedly with the state of things, this year’s carnival period has been less celebrated than in years past but there’s still fun to be had.

carnival, Athens, Syntagma,

Parents lead a bundled up ballerina and bee down the steps of Syntagma Metro Station toward Zappeion.

March 5th, 12 noon: Two select group of the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing for the public. One can be found circuiting Kotzia Square, Aiolou street, Ermoustreet, Syntagma Square, and the other at Panathinaiko Stadium, Zappeio, Syntagma Square.

Sunday March 6th, 11:30am-2:30pm: The official, final day of Carnival, can be best celebrated by dressing up your kids in fun costumes and taking them to Zappeion where there will be face painters, entertainers, and live music.

11:30 the Athens Philharmonic will again be performing, this time in Monastiraki and Thissio.

5:00 pm, be in Plaka at Kidathineon Square (Kidathineon and Adrianou Streets) to hear traditional Greek Carnival music.

Monday March 7th, 11:00 am-5 pm you may not notice that the party has stopped because it’s time for Καθαρἠ Δεφτερἀ, or “Clean Monday,” the beginning of the Great Fast and a feast that pulls out all of the church-approved foods. Head to Philopappou Hill for a celebration with music, traditional Lagana bread, halva, and olives, free to the public. A second location for community festivities can be found in the more northern neighborhood Ambelokipi at Kapaps Park, Triffilias & Lampsa streets. Don’t forget to pick up a kite to fly, as is the tradition with Clean Monday, but more on that later.

Feature image courtesy of John Karakatsanis via Flickr Creative Commons.

Tags: Athens, Carnival, Clean Monday, Easter, Greece, Pascha, Philopappou, Zappeion