The Feast of the Flowers

TBC May 2018
Athens

A national holiday in Greece, the Feast of the Flowers is a celebration to mark the beginning of Spring.

  • When? TBC 1st May 2018
  • Where? Athens
  • Price: free

If you're looking for an event to relive your childhood days (that's if you were born way before games consoles took over) then you should look towards Athens' Feast of the Flowers where picnics, kites and quality time with the family are at the top of the to do list.

Every May 1st, Greece celebrates a national holiday known as 'protomayia' or May Day if it's easier to remember. Athens is one of the best places to experience this day which is regarded as a time to be with family and friends. Many Greeks celebrate by heading to parks or the surrounding countryside to enjoy picnics, play games and fly kites, while some others opt for a long taverna lunch.

The history behind the celebrations involves the goddess Dimitra and dates back to ancient times when festivals were held in her honour. As for the flowers which the event's title makes reference to, leading up to the day and even on the day itself, people also go out picking flowers to make beautiful wreaths to hang on their doors or balconies.

The beginning of May is a great time to experience quintessential Greece, when families and loved ones come together to have fun, spend quality time together and celebrate. Our advice is to simply embrace the day and do as the Greeks do - eat, appreciate the company and most importantly, fly kites. 

  • Get there: Fly into Athens International Airport and use the metro to reach the city centre.
  • Stay: Find a hotel close to Syntagma square.

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