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carnival suprises

Xanthi, the Thracian town at the Balcanic neighbourhood, where different population groups co-exist, presents two festive institutions that are oraganised by the Municipal Company of Development (D.E.A.X.)

The institution having the longest duration is the one of Xanthian Carnival-Thracian Folk Festival which started in 1966. Born in an era of urbanization and industrialization- in a critical era as far as the economic status is concerned, but as well as issues of identity are concerned-, has outlined a forty plus course, that went through a variety of phases of development and alteration ending up to what it is today. Xanthian Festival presents a series of activities that concern music, dance and theatre, exhibitions with artistic or other content, orations, book presentations and film projections. During those two weeks of organising all the above events, of vast importance is the form of social accomplishment, the revelry, which one may meet to different places and forms. The institution ends with the carnival parade and the custom of burning Tzaros’ effigy.

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