Carnival in Samos


On Carnival (Halloween) in Samos, the villages Kourmeika and Spatharei, revive the custom of “Kadis”. This tradition has its roots in the Ottoman era and satirizes the Ottoman judges, who demanded that the Samians had to pay them unsustainable taxes. Nowadays, Kadis (the judge) enters the village square on a donkey, accompanied by soldiers.

The court begins and the peasant who represents the Ottoman Kadi (who is usually the oldest man of the settlement), judge the attendees finding silly excuses. The festival culminates in the evening, when more people gather and enjoy traditional music, dancing and plenty of wine.

During the Samos Carnival, a big festival takes place in Vathi. All the residents dress up and get out on the street ready to enjoy the crazy spree.. Masquerades are also found in the area of Marathokampos and they are called “fratzolia” (loaf), a name given to them because of their peculiar attire. They gather on Sunday of  Carnival in the building of the Cultural Association and have fun while dancing and singing.




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