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Greece Travel Guide
"Having exported chaos, drama, tragedy and democracy before most nations were staying up late enough to want souvlaki, Greece boasts an unrivalled legacy. But don't expect a visit there to be a sober study of the ancient world - the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysos.

From sometimes smoggy Athens to blindingly bright islands, ancient fragments abound - the navel of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete and even - as some might believe - the remnants of Atlantis at Santorini."
Festivals Place to Visit Fast Facts
The Epiphany
It is the feast of Aya Theofnia, or Fta, which celebrates the day when the kalikntzarior hobgoblins that appeared during the period of Christmas are re-banished to the netherworld by the churchs rites. During Epiphany, waters are blessed and evil spirits are banished. At lakeside, seaside or riverside locations, the priests throw a cross into the water and young locals dive to compete for the privilege and blessing of finding it.

The Yinekokratia:
The feast of the Yinekokratia takes place in some villages of Thrace, a north region, where Saint Domenica is celebrated. It is a day where men and women reverse their daily roles for the day.

The Carnivals
The Carnival is called Apokries and is expressed by three weeks of feasting and dancing for three weeks before the Lenten Monday (Kathar Dheftera). Important celebrations take place in Patra, Xanthi and Cephalonia with a wonderful chariot parade and costumes parties.

Feast of Annunciation
It is a feast which celebrates the day the angel Gabriel announced Mary the incarnation of the Christ.

Easter is the most important festival of Greece and of the Orthodox Church, and it really worth to be seen. The first ceremony takes place on Good Friday where the Epitafios, an imitation of the Christs funeral bier, is beautifully decorated with many flowers by the women of the parish. The Epitafios is then paraded through the streets of the villages or the neighbours of the cities. In some regions of Greece such as Crete, this ceremony is accompanied by the burning of effigies of Judas Iscariot.

The Feast of Agios Georgios (St George):
The feast is celebrating the knight who killed the Dragon. Saint George is the patron of the shepherds and celebrations are organised thorough the country. Great festivities also take place in Arahova and Skyros, where St George is the patron saint.

Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary:
This feast celebrates Marys ascent to Heaven. Great pilgrimages take place to Tinos and festivities are organised in Pros, Lesvos, Olymbos or Karpathos.

Greek Independence Day:
It is the day of the celebration of the beginning of the Greek revolution against the Turkish occupants in 1821. It is celebrated with military parades all over Greece.