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Carnival 2018 in Naoussa


The authentic Greek carnival is coming back once more this year in Naoussa with a lot of good spirit, traditional celebration and the unique custom ‘Boules of Heroic Town of Naoussa’. The carnival festivities will take place from 8 until 19 of February 2018.

The carnival festivities will culminate on 17th, 18th and 19th of February. On Saturday 17/2 the delirious revel ‘A town, a Celebration’ will take place in the shopping centre and the nightclubs of the town under the rhythms of the musical bands, brass bands, folklore orchestras and Naoussa’s ‘xinomavro’ wine served with local appetizers.
On Sunday 18/2 the prevailing custom will be ‘Boules of Heroic Town of Naoussa. This custom is one of the oldest and most important in Greece, rooted way back in history, having incorporated factors of the local history and the struggles of people of Naoussa. The custom is carried out on the first Sunday and on Monday of the small ‘Apokria’, is repeated on Sunday, the first day of the Lent, on Ash Monday and is completed on Orthodoxy Sunday. Only unmarried men can become ‘Genitsaroi”. “Boula” is also a man dressed up as a bride. The children, as well as the musicians who play the ‘zourna’ and the ‘daouli’, are inseparable part of the custom.

The performance adheres to strict rules such as the participation of men alone, the ritual way of dressing, the standard music and routes they follow every year.

At the same time, a lot of different events will take place in the centre of the town along with the participation of cultural and theatrical associations, satiric groups e.t.c.

The closing celebration will be ‘Koulouma’ on Clean  Monday 19/2 which will take place in the centre of the town and the local communities.


The festivities ‘Apokria in Naoussa’ are organized by the office of the Vice Mayor of Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Naoussa and the Organizing Committee.

For more information, please visit the official site of Naoussa.

Carnival 2018 in Naoussa

08/02/2018 - 20/02/2018
Location: MAINLAND GREECEIMATHIANaoussa

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