Ragoutsaria (local carnival) 6-8 January
Kastoria Ragoutsaria Carnival
The tradition goes back to pagan times. One is surprised to hear that it is exactly during the same period that "Dionysia" festivities used to take place in ancient Greece. In the meantime, people had more and more of food, drinks and money and the real fun could last for 3 days; on the other hand more and more of the people came out of their homes and participated in the festivities. Nowadays, people from all over Greece and abroad gather in Kastoria to participate. They are offered food and wine and reservations to Kastoria hotels should be made well in advance.