The Carnival of Patra

Patra, the capital of the prefecture of Achaea, is without doubt a city with great history and many interesting places for one to discover during a visit. However to the majority of the people the city is best known for its Carnival, which, is, admittedly, the biggest and most impressive carnival out of the dozens that are organized in various areas in Greece.

The Carnival of Patra began in the 19th century and has many western influences, which were transferred to the mainland via the Ionian islands. Nevertheless, the ancient roots of the Carnival cannot be disputed; it was connected with pagan traditions and rituals, especially the ecstatic celebrations in honour of Dionysus, who was the god of ecstasy and inebriation, and also of the rebirth of nature.

The Carnival opens every year on January 17, it reaches, however, its height during the final weekend of the Carnival, before Clean Monday, when the great parade also takes place. These days are filled with non-stop partying, vibrant colours, music, dancing and feasting until the small hours, with the participation of everyone, young and old, from all over the county.

Patra is a vibrant city year-round; during the Carvival, however, it becomes even more alive, giving the impression that the whole of Greece has gathered here. Every year, when the Carnival ends, with the burning of the Carnival King, preparations for the next one essentially begin. Officially, though, the Carnival begins on January 17 and lasts until Clean Monday. On the name day of Aghios Antonios, the public crier goes around the city inviting everyone to gather in the evening at the central square, Plateia Georgiou; there, during a spectacular ceremony, the Mayor of Patra signals the official opening of the Carnival. During the period before the big parade, the city slowly dons its official, colourful costume, puts on its garlands and confetti, rehearses its songs, counts its dance steps, lets the hooters and the whistles accompany it and treats the people copious amounts of mavrodafni. The Carnival of Patra is the greatest carnival celebration in Greece and has a long history of 181 years. Its beginning was signalled by the first masquerade ball after the liberation, thrown in 1829 in the house of the merchant Morettis. Its beginning seems also to be connected to the French troops of general Maison, which settled temporarily in the city after the liberation from the Turks and it is considered that they passed on their homeland’s carnival traditions to the locals. The Eptanisians, also, are said to have contributed significantly to the development of the carnival tradition: After the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece in 1864, many of them arrived in Patra, where it is believed they influenced the carnival celebrations, complementing them with their homeland’s special colour. Let’s not forget, of course, Patra’s strategic location, with its ever-developing port, which allowed it to have constant liaisons with the West and especially Italy, home to many marvellous carnivals (the famous Carnival of Venice): because of its location, the city played an important role in shaping the Carnival tradition. The first carnival floats appeared during the 1870s, with creations initially taken up exclusively by individuals. In 1966 the Carnival took a new form, with the incorporation of the Treasure Hunt custom, and the carnival celebrations began being broadcast by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). In 1974 the street parade was also incorporated.

The events

Tsiknopempti (“grilling day”)
This day is the joy of the gourmand, since hundreds of locals set up makeshift grills in every part of the city. The events, however, revolve around the upper part of the city and mainly Germanou street and the streets around it, where the folk traditions revive. Traditional carnival events, music groups and a festive and authentically satirical mood complete this night, with its large meat and wine consumption.

paidiwnThe Children’s Carnival
The Children’s Carnival is a separate and significant chapter of the Carnival of Patra. For 17 consecutive years, having sealed a mutual relationship of trust with its young friends, it continues to provide them the opportunity to experience new things and to immerse themselves creatively in the cultural events, amidst fun and games, and also to develop their senses, imagination and freedom of expression through alternative forms of art. Its main activities are the Carnival Workshop, the Carnival Cities, theatre performances and musical events, exhibitions and, of course, the Great Children’s Parade.

The Treasure Hunt
The Treasure Hunt began 47 years ago and is an important component of the Carnival of Patra’s success. The Treasure Hunt groups are formed either from the groups that participate in the Carnival’s Big Parade, or from pupils of the city’s schools, colleagues from work or neighbours. The Treasure Hunt includes riddles, as well as navigation tasks carried out through hidden clues, scattered all across the city.

mpourmpouliaThe Bourboulia
The Bourboulia is an exclusive local custom you will not come across anywhere else in Greece. It is considered, moreover, one of the oldest carnival customs, its beginnings dating back to the 19th century, possibly to the time when the Apollon Theatre was built in Patra, in 1872, by the architect Ernst Ziller. The Bourboulia are afternoon dances where the men go undisguised while the women wear dominoes and disguise their identity behind a mask. In this way, they can choose their dancing partner without revealing who they are. The Bourboulia were introduced at a time when there were stricter codes regarding the relations between the sexes; these dances provided a temporary respite to this strictness, giving the people the opportunity to interact without the fear of scandal.

Other games
Apart from the aforementioned, many other activities take place around the city, such as painting, pantomime and theatre trivia competitions, as well as anything the Carnival organizers might come up with. At the same time, some teams participate in the parade with a float they have built themselves, whose theme is relevant to their costume. The participants experience the fascinating magic and the strong emotions associated with a game of joy, fun and pursuit with many surprises, twists and unexpected events.

Source: www.mythicalpeloponnese.gr

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Gialova Lagoon

  • Jan 20,2016

Gialova lagoon is located in Messinia and is one of the most important wetlands not only in Greece, but also in Europe. It probably dates to prehistoric times and owes its creation both to tectonic activity and to a rise in sea level, phenomena which created this ecological zone of unique importance.The Gialova lagoon is the first station in the Balkans that the migratory birds from Africa come across;... read more

The Gorge of Neda

  • Jan 20,2016

Neda is the only “female” river in Greece. It stems from the foot of Mount Lykaion and flows into the Ionian Sea, more specifically into the Kyparissiakos Gulf. Neda is approximately 32 kilometres long and passes through a stunning fairytale-like landscape.The Valley of Neda was of particular importance to the ancient Greeks and was often mentioned in various myths, while it is surrounded by archaeological... read more

Vassiliki Forest

  • Jan 20,2016

The forest of Vassiliki is located at the southern part of the Taygetus mountain range, 8 km south of its summit, and has an expanse of approximately 11,000 stremmata. It is a relatively secluded forest, surrounded by summits. You can reach it from Eksochori and there is a road in the forest you can follow for 21 km. Here you will mostly come across fir trees and black pines. During the Italian... read more

The Gorge of Vyros

  • Jan 20,2016

The Gorge of Vyros is one of the many gorges of the Peloponnese and is situated on the western slopes of Mount Taygetos, covering a distance of 19 kilometres and filled with firs, pines, cedars, cypresses and walnut trees. It begins from the village of Agios Panteleimon and ends up in the villages of Exohori and Tseria. Beyond its obvious natural beauty, this gorge stands out also because of its historical... read more

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“The Routes of the Olive Tree” – Messinia

“The Routes of the Olive Tree” is a cultural, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Kalamata. Its activities began in 1998, with the aim of promoting the culture of the olive through a series of activities and collaborations.

The starting point was ancient Pylos; not a random choice, given that the area abounds with testimonies regarding the presence of the olive in Greece since ancient times. The one responsible for this initiative was the President of the Chamber of Messinia George Karabatos, with the support of many others who share an affinity for the olive and for motorcycles. This initiative of theirs managed to bring the Mediterranean countries together into a single network, where the common denominator was the cultivation of the olive as well as an interest in its diffusion.Since then, the Routes of the Olive Tree have organized many events and have secured a plethora of international distinctions, such that of the “International Cultural Itinerary” by UNESCO in 2003 and the “Great European Cultural Itinerary” by the European Council in 2006.

Source: www.mythicalpeloponnese.gr

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Kalamata Marina

  • Sep 8,2016

The marina offers a full range of technical services covering a wide range of maintenance and repair works. Kalamata marina is situated in Peloponnesus in Kalamata city on the west of Kalamata harbour in the Messinian Gulf, and is considered by many to be the ideal location to take refuge and rest as it is the passage from the Mediterranean and the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea. Kalamata is a modern... read more

Sapientza and the Perennial Broadleaf Forest

  • Jan 20,2016

Sapientza is an islet of the Messinian Oinousses cluster and is the second biggest after Schiza. It’s an island with lush vegetation, a rare flora and a total area of 9 square kilometres. In 1986, Sapientza was declared as a “listed natural monument” and it was included in the European Network Natura 2000, together with the neighboring Schiza and the area around cape Akritas.Sapientza in Italian... read more

Gialova Lagoon

  • Jan 20,2016

Gialova lagoon is located in Messinia and is one of the most important wetlands not only in Greece, but also in Europe. It probably dates to prehistoric times and owes its creation both to tectonic activity and to a rise in sea level, phenomena which created this ecological zone of unique importance.The Gialova lagoon is the first station in the Balkans that the migratory birds from Africa come across;... read more

The Gorge of Neda

  • Jan 20,2016

Neda is the only “female” river in Greece. It stems from the foot of Mount Lykaion and flows into the Ionian Sea, more specifically into the Kyparissiakos Gulf. Neda is approximately 32 kilometres long and passes through a stunning fairytale-like landscape.The Valley of Neda was of particular importance to the ancient Greeks and was often mentioned in various myths, while it is surrounded by archaeological... read more

Vassiliki Forest

  • Jan 20,2016

The forest of Vassiliki is located at the southern part of the Taygetus mountain range, 8 km south of its summit, and has an expanse of approximately 11,000 stremmata. It is a relatively secluded forest, surrounded by summits. You can reach it from Eksochori and there is a road in the forest you can follow for 21 km. Here you will mostly come across fir trees and black pines. During the Italian... read more

The Gorge of Vyros

  • Jan 20,2016

The Gorge of Vyros is one of the many gorges of the Peloponnese and is situated on the western slopes of Mount Taygetos, covering a distance of 19 kilometres and filled with firs, pines, cedars, cypresses and walnut trees. It begins from the village of Agios Panteleimon and ends up in the villages of Exohori and Tseria. Beyond its obvious natural beauty, this gorge stands out also because of its historical... read more

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Chestnut Festival – Kastanitsa, Arcadia

Every October the village of Kastanitsa, Arcadia, organizes the famous Chestnut Festival, which aims to bring out this product, with its great nutritional value and multiple commercial capabilities.The custom of celebrating the chestnut began in 1983 and has been taking place every year since then. The celebrations include, of course, the preparation and tasting of dishes based on the chestnut, and also traditional dancing, various exhibitions and informative talks regarding the chestnut, as well as a variety of topics of environmental nature. Those who are in the area in October must definitely make a stopover in Kastanitsa to experience the unique Chestnut Festival.

The Naturalist Association of the Natives of Kastanitsa, in collaboration with the Management Body of Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland, organize the famous Chestnut Festival, with the aim to highlight the importance of this beloved crop in the agricultural and financial development of the wider area and also to promote this beautiful Tsakonian village, inviting more people to visit it.

The Chestnut Festival was organized for the first time in 1983 by the Kastanitsa Association and has been taking place every year since then. The visitors have the opportunity to taste traditional, mainly chestnut-based dishes and desserts – prepared both by professional chefs and the village’s women – accompanied by drinks and traditional music. There are also cooking and confectionery contests, again based on the chestnut, and also traditional dancing and various exhibitions, such as painting and photography.

The Festival is also a great opportunity for the visitors to get to know mount Parnon and its ecosystem better, through informative talks and excursions; they will also get to know the wider area of Tsakonia, with its special customs. It has been estimated that during the Chestnut Festival thousands of visitors flock to the area, providing a significant financial boost.

Source: www.mythicalpeloponnese.gr

Posts for Arcadia

Mt. Parnonas

  • Aug 31,2016

Parnonas also known as “Malevos” is the mountain range which divides two large counties of Peloponnese, Arcadia and Laconia. The highest peak of Parnonas is called “Megali Tourla” also known as “Kronio” and has 1936 meters altitude. The mountain ends in Laconia at the Cape Maleas, south of Peloponnese. The natural beauty of the mountain and the traditional villages attract many travelers... read more

Alfeios

  • Jan 21,2016

Peloponnese’s longest river (111km long) has its source in Arcadia and its mouth in the Prefecture of Elis. According to mythology, Apheus was one of the river-gods of antiquity, worshiped mainly in the regions of Arcadia, Elis and Messinia. Son of Oceanus and Tethys, he killed his brother Cercaphus and haunted by the Erinyes, he leapt into the river which was later named after him. Source: www.mythicalpeloponnese.gr [vc_row][vc_column][ivi_nbcaj... read more

The Gorge of Lepida

  • Jan 20,2016

The gorge of Lepida is one of the numerous, impressive natural formations of Mount Parnon, which stands between the prefectures of Arcadia and Laconia. Its length is 500 metres and it is relatively flat. Two hours are required to cross it, during which visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the landscape, which is filled with rich flora and fauna and boasts two gorgeous... read more

Mountain biking

  • Jan 20,2016

A great way to discover a new place is actually on two wheels. Arcadia, with its stunning nature, does offer visitors this unique opportunity. The changes in the landscape, the lush vegetation, the dense forests and the hidden traditional settlements are only few of the natural attractions a visitor can enjoy with just a bike and the desire for exploration. Around the city of Tripolis, as well as in the Arcadian... read more

The Ski Center in Mainalo

  • Jan 20,2016

The Mainalo ski center is situated in the location Ostrakina of the homonymous mountain, approximately 30 kilometres from Tripolis and 162 kilometres from Athens. The roads and consequently the access to the ski centre are easy, making it a very popular destination. It isn’t one of the biggest ski centres; however, it is ideal for families with children, since the mountain is not steep and is perfect... read more

The Monastery of Eloni and the Gorge of Leonidio

  • Jan 20,2016

The Monastery of Eloni is a pretty old convent in the prefecture of Arcadia, built in the steep slope of Mount Parnon, at an altitude of 650 metres and about 17 kilometres from the town of Leonidio. Due to its exceptional natural beauty, the area around the monastery has been declared as a protected zone and it’s included in the European Network Natura 2000 under the code GR2520005. It has a long... read more

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