Carnival festivities in Naoussa
The traditional carnival festivities of Naoussa, marked with the characteristic custom called "Genitsari and Boules", date back to the 18th century and maintain the old typical revelry in the streets that make it a renowned special occasion.
Festivities start on Pancake Day and end on Ash Monday, running a period of 12 days during which people revel in dancing and wine drinking. The traditional musical instruments -Daouli and Zournas- can be heard in every neighbourhood accompanying folk dancers, called Genitsari, with slow Macedonian strains.
Wine made from Naoussa's Xinomavro has its place of honour during the carnival festivities, as it is considered to be an inseparable part of the local tradition.