Carnival in Greece

Imagine the biggest party you’ve ever seen. Join in a forbidden festival. Wander through the streets, playing pranks. Add loud music and some thousands of participants dressed in you-name-it costumes floating the streets. Under the auspices of the Carnival King, you are welcome to come together with all the fellow masqueraders and fill the city streets, bars, clubs and colourful parade groups.

Patrinó karnaváli (Patras carnival) is the largest event of its kind in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe. Giant decorated cars, carts and coaches, colourful papier-mâché figures will fill the city streets. A key character is the Carnival King, presented in all his splendour. The Carnival also has its Queen, who is actually a beautiful young lady on a floral or an artistic float. There is also a night parade, called “nyhteriní podaráti”, which takes place on Continue reading

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Τσάμικος, Μάνος Χατζιδάκις, Νίκος Γκάτσος

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Οnly if you are from Greece you will understand…..

Tsamikos Lyrics: Nikos Gatsos
Music: Manos Hatzidakis
First version: Manolis Mitsias

In the stony mountains with the flute and the clarinet on top of the holy rock now dance three brave men Nikephoros* and Digenes** and the son of Anna Komnene*** Continue reading

Keep Eating and Never Regret: Fat Thursday 2019

KΑΛΗ ΤΣΙΚΝΟΠΕΜΠΤΗ ΣΕ ΟΛΟΥΣ

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Doughnuts, doughnuts… who wouldn’t be tempted by one freshly out of the bakery, covered in sweet coating and with a warm, creamy filling… Aaaaah…
People dieting- no talk of calories or fats, you’re forbidden entry to today’s Fat Thursday post because today is all about EXCESS and GLUTTONY.

I would even eat a spoon if I only could

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Gluttony, i.e. excessive indulgence in food and drink, is one of the seven deadly sins which good observant Christians should avoid committing. It’s a recurring subject in art history and worth looking at, especially that it’s pretty clear that humanity hasn’t changed at all and still enjoys overeating. Continue reading