Flour Throwing Festival in Galaxidi 2019

When: Monday, March 11, 2019

The little harbor town, Galaxidi (Γαλαξίδι), is located on the south central part of Greece, north to the Peloponess.

The city is covered, every year, with more than 1.5 ton of colored flour which is thrown on the locales and the mass of tourists who attend the most insane battle.

The traditional flour battle symbols the end of the carnivals’ period.

The historic legacy and the causes to this fights are unknown. According to local tradition, in the 19th century, when Greece was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, carnivals were forbidden.

In spite of the prohibition, the locals danced in the streets with their faces colored with coal as protest against the government. later on, they added the colored flour tossing.

The flour battle takes place on the day which is known in the  Eastern Orthodox Churches as Clean Monday, the day that marks the start of 40 days of Lent until Easter.

During the holiday, hundreds of people, dressed in plastic cloths, their paces are colored with black coal and safety goggles on their eyes, fill the streets. Due to the numerous visitors during the festival day and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance.

They dance in the streets and toss large amount of colored flour on one another.

Most of the tourists who do not participate in the battles try to find a clean view point to enjoy the fights.
This is a savage area with lot of joy and humor.

Attractive prices suited for all budgets, Many hotels suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY, Get Immediate confirmation by email.
IMPORTANT !
Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.

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Contact details:
Glaxidi Municipality
Phone: 2265351200
Fax: 2265351222
Galaxidi
4 Tsalagkyra St. Galaxidi
Fokida GR 33052 33052
Contact Email:

Country Information

Capital:
Athens
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Voltage and Frequency:
220v 50Hz
Dialing country code:
+30
Time Zone:
UTC+2 (Summer UTC+3)
Language:
Greek
Location:
Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey.
Information email:
Tourist website:
Information address:
Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou-EOT (Greek/Hellenic
Climate:
Temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers.
Greece background and overview
Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981 Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the euro zone in 2001.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]

City Information

In-country dialing code:
2265
Longitude:
22.381458°
Latitude:
38.379086°

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