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Carnival in Sochos, Thessaloniki - Your WOW Shot Travel Photo - Kiss From The World

Carnival in Sochos, Thessaloniki

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.


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Maria Athanssopoulos was born in the city of Tripoli, Greece, 1968. She has worked as a lawyer for almost 20 years. She writes interesting articles and takes photographs from the places she visits, since 2009. She run her own travel related web pages. She likes exploring new places and new cultures. She loves writing about her travel experiences. She also loves the art of photography. She has travelled almost all over Europe, but also in Turkey. Her plans for the future are to visit a lot more countries. Stay tuned!



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