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Masks at heart of Greek Carnival tradition

Updated : 2019-03-17 16:53:20

Springtime in northern Greece is ushered with loud and colourful festivals, many hailing from centuries-old traditions, later tied to the religious calendar. In villages across the region, there are drums, ear-piercing pipe music, customs passed on from grandparents, and the centrepiece of many of the region’s celebrations: Masks.

A dancer wearing a mask and traditional attire poses for a photo, during the Boules and Genitsaroi carnival parade in the town of Naoussa, northern Greece.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A dancer wearing a mask and traditional attire poses for a photo, during the Boules and Genitsaroi carnival parade in the town of Naoussa, northern Greece.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo, in the village of Sochos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo, in the village of Sochos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo, in the village of Sochos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo, in the village of Sochos. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man wearing a mask that includes a meter- tall, ribbon-covered formation topped with a foxtail poses for a photo. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man poses for a photo in the village of Sochos, northern Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man poses for a photo in the village of Sochos, northern Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Springtime in northern Greece is ushered with loud and colourful festivals. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Springtime in northern Greece is ushered with loud and colourful festivals. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In villages across the region, there are drums, ear-piercing pipe music, customs passed on from grandparents, and the centrepiece of many of the region’s celebrations: Masks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In villages across the region, there are drums, ear-piercing pipe music, customs passed on from grandparents, and the centrepiece of many of the region’s celebrations: Masks. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man poses for a photo as he participates in a Clean Monday festival.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A man poses for a photo as he participates in a Clean Monday festival.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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