Rethymnon Carnival 2017

Rethymnon Carnival 2017

The Carnival of Rethymno is an institution of culture and creation, through which Rethymno highlights its long history, its rich tradition and the identity of its people. The new era of this festivity started in Rethymno in 1993 but it exists since 1914, when the first signs of humor are dated.

So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!

The people of Rethymno welcome “His Majesty the Carnival King” with romantic dances and the appropriate honors. The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of ‘teams’ in 1990, which would give birth once again to this old tradition. The Carnival of Rethymno is worthily established as the Carnival of Crete!

Creativity is what binds together thousands of people for years on the biggest cultural event of modern Crete. This common passion is exactly what aids the start-up of many established theatre groups, ateliers, hand-crafts, art venues e.t.c. here in Rethymno . Moreover, the happenings that are organized by the groups contribute to the vividness of the town for many years now. Creation begins from the costume making and the float designs, it goes on with the scenario, the direction and the scenery making for the presentation of the groups’ sketches. During the phase of implementation, talented people of all ages, take the opportunity that the carnival gives them to unfold or even.. discover their talent on a fruitful way. By working together they transform the town with a festive carnival atmosphere that matches the spirit of the locals. This is the main characteristic of the Carnival of Rethymno, creating together! The most beautiful way to give birth to cultural formations on a social context basis, promoting the power of participation!

Each of us is uniquely important, but when we are all together we are able to upgrade and participate in something greater than ourselves, hoping that everybody who enjoys the Carnival of Rethymno will lose themselves in our festive celebration!

Τhe 2017 Rethymno's Carnival schedule of events:

Saturday 04/02/2017: Opening Ceremony
17.30: Carnival stroll through the streets of Old Town, accompanied by the King Carnival. The procession ends at the Unknown Soldier Square
19.00: Address and Speech of King Carnival
19.30: Declaring official opening of Carnival 2017 by the Mayor of Rethymno and presentation of the subject and the 2017 poster. The presentation of the Carnival costumes of the teams who will take part in Carnival in Rethymnon 2017
20.30: Concert with SBARAQUACK in a non-stop live program with Funk, Disco, Rock 'n roll and Balkan rhythms and many-many other surprises

04 & 05/02/2017: Kids Treasure Hunt
On 4th and 5th February 2017 our young hunters, this time on a different planet, with a warm smile and warmly dressed in well organized groups with patience, teamwork, kindness and creativity equipped take part in the 20th children's treasure hunt and we will all be there happy together!
We invite our young Rethymnians on 4th and 5th February 2017 to participate in the game that we organize with focus on fun, knowledge and the joy of the game.

Friday 10/02/2017: Crews Party for Treasure Hunt

11 & 12/02/2017: 28th Treasure Hunt

Tuesday 14/02/2017: Ancient Greek Serenades

Thursday 16/02/2017: Crews Dance 2017
Dancing all over the town at the open air parties of the carnival teams with many activities and surprises.

Friday 24/02/2017 : Cretan Serenades
Cretan traditional serenades (Kantades) in all corners of the city of Rethymnon. 

Saturday 25/02/2017: Kid’s & Night parade

Sunday 26/02/2017: The Grand Parade

Monday 27/02/2016: Ash Monday
Koulouma are celebrated all over Crete and traditional customs are revived! Moutzouroma, "The kite battle", Begiraki, Augomazoma, the Bride's stealing, are just some of them.