Carnival in Athens, pretty much in the Dionysian manner
Have I mentioned carnival? Yup it is carnival time and there are many celebrations around town.
Greek carnival is not sexy like in Rio or elegant like the Venetian. It is about making fun of everything, it’s about reversal of roles, with men dressing as women and the young as the old; politics being ridiculed, imagination running wild, and depending on where you are, satyrs run around town celebrating pretty much in a Diosynian manner. So, it’s a time for mischief, dance and lots of confetti. If you are around expect to be teased and tease back!
Of course we go out and join the various parades. I think the one that stole everyone’s heart was the one in Metaxourgeio this year. Metaxourgeio is a very old neighbourhood of Athens, a little bit neglected but with a very special vibe. I think it’s fast becoming my favourite going out spot.
Here are some wonderful photos from last Sunday, courtesy of the friend Dimitris Polymenopoulos.
There was a lot of drumming
with lots of love from Athens!