Are our celebrations for the Apokries, the Greek carnival, any similar to those of the Ancient Greeks? You bet. After all, several modern-day Christian traditions borrow from old rituals that originated thousands of years ago. The procession of Phallephoria is one of them. Echoing the Dionysian rituals from 1,700 years ago, Phallephoria 2023 is a re-enactment of the original ecstatic tradition where people dress up as satyrs and maenads (Dionysus’ followers) and brighten the chilly February nights with their boisterous shenanigans. Phallic symbols are the true protagonists of Phallephoria, as evident in the name. The procession passes through the historic centre of Athens, Dionysiou Areopagitou promenade, Plaka and Monastiraki and is accompanied by the tunes of bagpipes, flutes and percussion. If you feel daring, you can consider applying on their website and participate by dressing up as a satyr or maenad.