Carnival of Xanthi, Greece, 2019 - Part II

LightCaptured @lightcapturedJune 2019 · 3 min read

Greetings, dear Steemians! Here is the promised second part of my photo travel story about this colorful event!

Enjoying and photographing the famous Xanthi carnival in Greece was on my travel-photo-list for quite some time. This year I was very dedicated to visiting this wonderful and as it appeared later, joyful and colorful festival!

This appears to be the largest carnival in Northern Greece, beginning somewhere in mid February and culminating on Sunday in the weekend in mid March, this year on 10th of March.

Xanthi is really an impressive city, diverse in many many ways. You may know that the official religion in Greece is Eastern Orthodox Christianity however in Xanthi there are few mosques as well. I managed to get few photos from the city itself as well.

A lot of action happened that day. My face was finger-painted by the carnival participants, I had confetti on my head and my legs... I better not describe their condition at the end of the day!

One colorful and noisy group is approaching us as I am laying low to capture a different perspective.

My friend gets her face painted as well, despite her heroic efforts to avoid this few times. :)

Don't avoid my eyes! And don't forget to smile!

So many happy faces and thousands of smiles in that day!

The finger face-painting of the audience seems to be the trade mark of the carnival.

Here goes another smile for me! ;)

Hundreds if not thousands of fairies...

Another colorful and noisy group of participants.

A sudden kiss for the photographer!

I didn't even try to interpret this. I suppose the red +18 dot might have been needed from time to time...

That's probably the scariest couple I've seen that day. They were so serious, by the way.

After spending few hours taking photos of the marching people, we decided to ramble the narrow stone streets in the upper Xanthi, there it was much quieter :)

Young people were celebrating, there were huge fireworks at the culmination of the evening. They were so impressive that I forgot to use my camera. It was an amazing show indeed. If I happen to go there next time, I will definitely be more prepared and capture some fireworks long-exposures. ;)

I just want to mention that all Xanthi photos I took that day could be licensed for editorial usage from my Shutterstock gallery set (external link).

Here is the link to the first part of the story:

Copyright: Damian Hadjiyvanov, Light Captured
If you want to use any of my visuals, please drop me a message, I'm on Discord: lightcaptured#2698

Thank you and have a great day!


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Interestingly, here in Patras I haven't noticed any face painting. So, there seem to be regional differences.


Thank you. Yes, I suppose. I'll do my best to go to Patras as well. Any tips? 😉📷🍻


Tips for the carnival parade?
The best view is probably on the Square of King George, because there it turns several times. If you are lucky, one of the TV camera towers is deserted & you can go up there to take pictures.
But if you want to get as close as you did in Xanthi, that's not the best place. There the police is rather strict & only press photographers seem to be allowed to cross the barriers. So, you should try to find a spot somewhere else on the Maizonos (main parade street). The parade takes usually 6 or 7 hours, so you have enough time to find your sweet spot.


Wonderful tips, thank you very much!
Perhaps I should get accreditation then. By the way, if you come to take photos at Surva, accreditation is highly recommended and easy to get. 📷👍


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I love carnivals! They are able to make you feel so much through little things :)


It seems to be a very beautiful carnival !!!


Thank you, @philfreetotravel! I highly recommend it, it was a great experience and fun to attend to.


Good to hear that !!!! Thanks for your response!!!