Springtime in Greece
The almond trees are in blossom, signaling the arrival of spring. The days grow longer, the sun warms the earth, and love is busily preparing the rebirth of nature . Poppies pop up in the meadows, while freesia and jasmine scent the atmosphere . The swallows have arrived, and criss-cross the skies looking for the perfect balcony to build their nest .
In the Athens of antiquity at this time took place the Greater Bacchanalia (or Dionysia, also termed en astei, i.e. ‘urban,’ in contrast to its countryside counterpart), celebrations dedicated to the god Dionysus . Theatrical competitions and a merry procession would flood the streets of the city, giving springtime the reception it deserves. Nowadays the festive atmosphere of nature accompanies the celebration of Easter, with particular customs by region .
The ideal weather conditions in April and May will invite climbers everywhere onto the trails; lovers of rivers will enjoy the rapids, and bird watchers will welcome flocks of hundreds of thousands of birds beginning to crowd the wetlands .
Spring has sprung, carefree, and the theater of nature has its premiere!