On the day of Epiphany, January 6, in a village nearby Thessaloniki, called Profitis (Prophet), the custom of Arapides takes place. This is a Dionysian custom where people of the village are dressed in goat's skin, wear colorful long hats and hang large pastoral bells around their waists to scare away the Kallikantzaroi.
Some of the people in the village would dress up in goat's skin and carry large pastoral bells around their waists. The idea is to look scary enough so they would be able to scare away the kallikantzaroi
The Epiphany days in the village of Volakas. From newlywed couples dancing in freezing water, to scary animal looking masquerade of pastoral bell bearers
The annual Pontic event of Momoyer, taking place in Kallithea, Athens. The party is getting ready in the local club and hits the road with Momoyers teasing and performing theatricals around the streets of the city.
An ancient Dionysian custom taking place in one of the most beautiful villages of Naxos island, Aperathos. Men are getting dressed in fur and goat skins and hang bells around their waist to send away evil spirits.
A custom related to a very old local legend, regarding a ghost protecting a local fountain, Charmaina. The legend said that there were more ghosts protecting other places and they would fight amongst them many times. The locals would hear the screams and hide in their homes. A quite spectacular event which gets very crowded.
Kordelati and Foustanelati at the villages.This is the carnival of Naxos island!