In various regions of Greece Carnivals are held, which have as their main characteristic the distinctive local color and the people's intention to keep the tradition alive. The Carnival celebration usually begins on Tsiknopempti (Smoke Thursday) with a series of cultural, theatrical and other events. Tsiknopempti is traditionally the day when Greeks consume hefty quantities of grilled meat (hence the day’s name) prior to entering Lent as of "Kathari Deutera/Ash Monday".
There are masquerade parties, float parades, majorettes, ballet groups.Each year, more of the ancient traditions of Carnival are being revived in Greece. In Greece, Carnival dates are tied to Greek Orthodox Easter, which is usually different from Western Easter. Most carnival-related events are connected with the ancient worship of the Greek god of wine and divine intoxication, Dionysus. Already, the Carnival in the Greek city of Patras ranks in the top three carnival celebrations in the world, right after much better-known events in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. In Corfu and Rethimno, Crete, the Greek apokria celebrations have absorbed a slightly Venetian flavor from the periods that the islands were under the control of Venice. In Thassos, travelers can still experience a non-commercial but very vibrant celebration, and there are dozens of others on other islands and on the Greek mainland.