The Night of Ghosts, Amfissa
Every Kathari Deftera, or "Clean Monday," the day that marks the beginning of Greek Orthodox Lent, the Charmaina district in Amfissa in Central Greece, the traditional home of the city's once-thriving tanning industry, celebrates the Night of Ghosts. Scary giant figures, often covered in rags, march around the neighborhood after dark as a reminder of the tragic love story of Lenio and Konstantis. Local legend has it that when Konstantis learned that Lenio, his one true love, had been struck by lightning and killed, he committed suicide, and his ghost has haunted the city ever since. Today, in one of Greece’s strangest celebrations, the local residents gather once a year to haunt the streets with him.