The Annual Phallus Festival in Greece
Each year on the first Monday of Lent, the people of the tiny Greek town of Tyrnavos go crazy about penises, singing lewd songs and urging passersby to kiss their model phallusses. The pagan fertility festival is one of the most famous parties in Greece.
If you want to eat phallus-shaped bread, drink through phallus-shaped straws from phallus-shaped cups, kiss ceramic phalluses, sit on a phallus-shaped throne and sing dirty Greek songs about the phallus, then you should visit the little Greek town of Tyrnavos each year on "Clean Monday."
The one-day fertility festival of pre-Christian origin in this town of 15,000 people near the central Greek city of Larissa marks the beginning of Lent, the fasting period before Easter, and is one of the most famous carnivals in Greece.
The festival is in honor of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, madness and ecstasy. If you want to come prepared, find some ceramic phalluses and dangle them from your waist. But make sure you come on the right day because the raunchy, lewd songs that echo round its streets on "Clean Monday" aren't sung at any other time either.
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Thanks to Sannion (a Dionysus devotee himself) and eydimork for this. Hail the God that stirs our loins and plants the seed of life!