Titled: “Dionysian Carnival on Naxos,
” the event program — combining the revival of old customs and long-lived traditions, with contemporary surprises too — is sure to awaken the senses.
From the buzzing port and the Temple of Apollo (“Portara”)
to its charming villages,
Naxos during Carnival comes alive with traditional events,
revivals of Dionysian customs, popular Torchlight Parade,
Grand Carnival Parade and lots more.
The abduction of Dionysus by the Tyrrhenian Pirates.
The scheduled program of events is as follows:
“Escape from the Cheese Factory” (Escape Room),
Chora Naxos-Port Promenade, March 1-March 14
Surprise event this Carnival on Naxos comes from the Union
of Agricultural Cooperatives of Naxos and the
Escape from the Cheese Factory-Escape Room. Modeled after the interactive
TV game Escape Room, the group of maximum six participants,
who have entered to steal the magic recipe of the Naxos graviera (gruyere)
cheese, is given 30 minutes to solve the mystery puzzle to get out.
If they do not succeed, they become prey to “cheese mice!”
Tsiknopempti, village of Filoti, Thursday, March 3rd
Filoti, the largest island of Naxos,
hosts its annual meat barbecue celebration of Tsiknopempti complete with food,
wine, music and dance.
A Naxos Tsiknopempti in Athens, Galatsi Olympic Hall, Galatsi, Attica,
Thursday, March 3rd, from 8:00
Can’t make it to Naxos for Tskinopempti?
The charcoal lights up at 8 am as the Chef Club of the Cyclades and Dodecanese offer free Naxian delights (Naxian meats, potatoes, cheese, salad and wine).
Naxos Torchlight Parade – Lambadifories.
The Naxos Torchlight Parade – Lambadifories, Venetian Castle, Kastro,
On the Saturday eve before the annual Carnival parade,
the streets of Naxos overflow with a crowd of torchbearers in a revival of an ancient custom known as Lambadifories.
Dressed and masked in black and white costume,
hundreds of natives and visitors of all ages take part. Preparations begin at the former Ursulines School,
in the Kastro at 19:00, with the official start of the parade beginning at 21:00.
It ends at the main square at the port, where dancing and merriment continue into the night.
2019 was the event’s 20th anniversary.