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Arapides of Monastiraki

Arapides of Monastiraki

Monastiraki
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In Monastiraki the initiation of the event is made on January 4-5, while the masquerade is made on the day of Epiphany (January 6). The protagonist of the whole event are the masked called Arapides who wear on their face goat"s skins, in their waist they tie up three doorbells and they are holding a wooden sword in one hand and a bag with ash in the other hand, all deterrent elements of evil. Next to them are men dressed as women, named Gilligans, carrying messages and wishes, (...)
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