The Dionysian Carnival of Naxos

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Every year, the last weekend before Clean Monday, Naxos Island transforms. It transforms into an island where customs and traditions take over and give way to live music, dance, food and of course dressing up. One of the highlights of these festive days  is ”Lampadiforia” (Torch bearing parade), which takes place in Naxos Town (Chora). The participants gather at a school up in the castle where the preparations begin. All is needed is a white sheet, some black and white paint for the face, a torch, energy, good mood and improvisation of course. Enjoy the images that follow…