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Carnival 2016 in Naoussa

The beautiful town of Naoussa (Central Macedonia) invites you to participate in the traditional Carnival celebrations hosted from March 3, 2016 to March 14, 2016. The festivities include the famous custom “Genitsaroi and Boules”.

This year’s festivities begin on “Tsiknopempti” (3/3). On that day residents and visitors are invited to eat barbecued meat and to participate in the official opening of the Carnival which includes traditional dances and various music events.

The carnival’s celebrations will culminate on March 12, 13 and 14. On Saturday March, 12 the event entitled “One town, one Celebration” will take place in Naoussa inviting everyone to drink local red wine, dance and have fun.

On Sunday March, 13 one of the oldest and most famous customs in Greece, namely “Genitsaroi and Boules”, will be re-performed (having already taken place on March, 6). Participants include exclusively unmarried men who dress-up as ‘Genitsaroi’. ‘Boula’, the bride, is also performed by a man. Children, together with musicians playing traditional instruments also take part in the event. “Genitsaroi and Boules” carry out strict rules such as the exclusive participation of men, a particular way of dressing, the use of standard routes and of standard music.

On that same day, the carnival parade will also take place in the centre of Naoussa with the participation of theatrical groups, cultural associations etc.

The carnival festivities will end on Ash Monday (14/3) with the traditional “Koulouma” which will take place in the centre of Naoussa and in several communities of the Municipality of Naoussa.

The whole event is organised by “Naoussa – Carnival 2016” Organising Committee and by the Municipality of Naoussa.

For more info: (+30) 23323 50309


Carnival 2016 in Naoussa

03/03/2016 - 14/03/2016

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Dates: 03/03/2016 – 14/03/2016. Area: Naoussa – Central Macedonia. Venues: Various locations in the town of Naoussa, in Anthemia and Eirinoupoli.

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