Sochos is a beautiful small mountainous village in the prefecture of Thessaloniki. It is located approximately one hour away from Thessaloniki and is famous for its traditional carnival organized every year.
The residents are dressed in a special outfit depicting a goat. They put large bells around their bodies. After they put on this outfit, they walk like dancing slowly. This “dance” makes the bells move and make a loud sound, the melody of the carnival.
The streets are filled with people who wear this distinctive outfit. Each one also keeps in his hands a bottle of local spirit offering it to anyone they meet.
The whole area echoes the melody of the bells and fills the slow movements of those who wear the tricky outfit.
Carnival is a celebration that glorifies the joy of life!
This custom is considered to be ancient. It belongs to the ceremonies that took place in ancient Greece in honor of God Dionysus to commemorate the fertility and fruitfulness of the earth during spring time.
There are similar customs in many parts of Greece. These customs show us the historical continuity of ancient Greece in modern Greece.