THE 5 JUNIOR HIGH-SCHOOL IN GALATSI ATHENS-GREECE PRESENTS ``CARNIVAL DAYS``
The term Carnival refers to the season that comes before that of the Great Lent period. The latter comprises the fortyday time during which Christians fast and prepare themselves in body and soul for Easter. Quite a lot of things have been written concerning the actual use of the specific term. In Greek, the word ``Apokries`` derives from the words ``apo`` and ``kreas`` which means abstaining from meat. This term is synonymous to the term ``Halloween`` as well as `` Carnival`` which derives from the Latin ``carnem levare`` and holds the same rendering.
Nowadays the Carnival period is a time of joy, fun and entertainment. In many cities around the world magnificent carnival festivities as well as parades take place. Two of the most well-known ones are the Carnival of Venice in Italy,
The roots of these events lie in ancient Greece, and more specifically in the cult of the God Dionysus. Dionysus was the god of vineyards and wine. He was honoured with large celebrations which were called Dionysia. The latter included music and dancing parades where a chariot bearing an effigy of Dionysus was followed by dancers and singers disguised with masks singing satirical songs. These celebrations passed from culture to culture accepting influences from various nations.