Clean Monday Flour War is an epic battle of colour that takes place in Galaxidi on Greece’s mainland. Located around 200km west of Athens, the little fishing village of Galaxidi has now become a place of pilgrimage for those who want to be part of the crazy Clean Monday Flour War celebrations, considered one of the craziest food fight festivals in the world.
Thought to have stemmed from a resident rebellion in 1801 in which locals defied the Ottoman rulers by celebrating their forbidden carnival, the Clean Monday Flour War is now a hugely popular festival. Although it may have started with residents painting their faces with ash while dancing in the streets, it has now become a full-blown battle with colourful flour bombs exploding throughout the village.
Residents cover their houses in plastic sheeting so as to protect their property and then don their own overalls to get involved! While it may be chaotic you certainly can’t say it’s not colourful and it is a somewhat cathartic way to let off steam!
The event takes place on the Monday before lent begins in the Greek Orthodox calendar (the day before Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras as celebrated elsewhere in the world).
‘Grab yourself a bag or two of flour, add the brightest food colouring you can find and get ready for some messy flour mayhem!’
Similar to the Hindu festival of Holi in India, you’ll be finding bits of coloured flour on your clothes and body for weeks!
The Clean Monday Flour War takes place in the otherwise sleeping fishing village of Galaxidi. It is located in the southern part of Phocis, Northern Greece which is around 200km from Athens. This little coastal town gets busy each year for the Clean Monday Flour War so make sure you book your flights and accommodation early.
If you want to witness the Clean Monday Flour War but don’t particularly fancy being covered in flour yourself, you can watch the shenanigans from across the quay.
Driving from Athens to Galaxidi takes around three hours by car. Alternatively, the ferry port of Patras (which connects with Italy) is around 1.5 hours away by car. It is a good idea to have a car when visiting Galaxidi as this means you can explore the local surroundings before and after the festival.
There are a number of reasonably-priced hotels and apartments for rent in Galaxidi but of course, these do book up fast for the Clean Monday Flour War. Alternatively, you could stay outside of the village if you plan on bringing a car.
Please see the map below which highlights some of the best hotels and Airbnbs in Glaazidi and around.
Galaxidi is located on mainland Greece so of course there are plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas. The ancient sanctuary of Delphi is less than an hour away which is a must for anyone interested in Greek history and culture.
It is likely you will fly in and out of Athens for your trip to the Clean Monday Flour War, in which case it is definitely worth adding a few days in the city to your vacation so you can enjoy the sights. Take a walk up to the Acropolis and Parthenon, wander round Plaka and Syntagma Square and enjoy learning about Ancient Greek history and traditions.
The Clean Monday Flour War will take place on March 2nd, 2020 – the Monday before lent begins.
Rad Season is providing you with hotels and Airbnbs at the lowest prices available online. Book your stay for Clean Monday Flour War 2020 using the map below!
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