The Carnival of Rethymno is an institution of culture and creation, through which Rethymno highlights its long history, its rich tradition and the particular identity of its people. The new era of this festivity started in Rethymno in 1993 but it exists since 1914, when the first signs of humor are dated.
So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!
The people of Rethymno welcome “His Majesty the Carnival King” with romantic dances and the appropriate honors. The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of ‘teams’ in 1990, which would give birth once again to this old tradition. The Carnival of Rethymno is worthily established as the Carnival of Crete!
Τhe 2017 Rethymno’s Carnival schedule of events…
22/01/2017 Sunday: Teenage Treasure Hunt
04/02/2017 Saturday: Opening Ceremony
04 & 05/02/2017: Kids Treasure Hunt
10/02/2017 Friday: Crews Party for Treasure Hunt
11-12/02/2017: 28th Treasure Hunt
14/02/2017 Tuesday: Old Greek Serenades
17/02/2017 Friday: Crews Dance 2017
24/02/2017 Friday: Cretan Serenades
25/02/2017 Saturday: Kid’s & Night parade
26/02/2017 Sunday: The Grand Parade
27/02/2017 Monday: Ash Monday