Apokries in Greece : Customs &Food-EN4HOSTS


Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για greek carnival

Greece’s Carnival season, known as “Apokries,” is a period of ten weeks but it culminates on the weekend before “Clean Monday,” (Ash Monday).


Imagine that you are working for a tourist agency and want to make a brochure for a trip that you organise in Greece during this weekend.

The secret ingredients you have to include are:

-emphasise to it as a forbidden festival full of loud music, masqueraders and colourful costumes;

-associate it with the Orthodox traditions

-develop its roots in ancient times

-search for the tastes of Clean Monday


Step one - Apokries as a forbidden festival

Students will use Prezi or Powerpoint, in teams of 3 persons, in order to present the most popular carnival festivals in Greece, giving some extra info. They will take their info from the URLs:




At the end each team will present their work.

Step two -Apokries as Orthodox tradition

Nowadays the Greek carnival is divided in 3 weeks, all preparing for the fasting period, called "Triodio"  Students have to be divided in 3 teams. Each team has to find costumes and tradition for each week.

Try to include the answers in the following questions:

  • How is this week called?
  • With whom is this week associated?
  • Which are the customs of this week?

Make a small audiovisual presentation by using Screencast-o-Matic.

You can find some extra info in the following links:




Step three - Apokries as the worship of Dionysos

Many traditions around Greece have their roots in ancient times. Try to develop Apokries' roots in ancient times....How it is associated with the God of wine and feast? Use the above links and write an group essay of 150 words on this topic.


Step Four - Apokries as a gastronomy trip

Students have to search for the tastes of Tsiknopebti and Clean Monday and to present them. Take a look at the URL https://www.xpatathens.com/living-in-athens/survival-guide/greek-traditions/item/1278-the-tradition-of-tsiknopempti you will find some useful info for Tsiknopebti. 

Step five- Brochure time

You are ready to make your brochure!! All the brochures will be shared with students of other classes. Maybe some will be kept to the library of the school.


This is how your work will be evaluated.














There is one person doing all the work, and the team is NOT working together.

The team is working individually on their own role, and using limited talked with others in a group

The team is working together, but not using the inflammation to connect with one another.

The whole team is working together, helping each other out, and connecting information with one another.


Research / Understanding


Don't use sources given & information is not factual. Student lacked knowledge

Use sources were given. Students understood information but couldn't apply it to their projects

Use sources are given, and students understood information but lacked creativity and informational facts

Use sources, get all information asked and goes beyond to get and applied extra information to give to their classmates a better idea on the subject



No creativity to their presentation, such a little information that classmates aren't able to understand

Students created a presentation with only text and nothing else.

Students were able to create a good presentation.

Great creativity, students are able to understand


Final project


No final project

The final project is lacking key components.

Final project contains all key components

Final project contains all key components and some extra information so it is complete and more useful to anyone interested in its theme.




The web quest is designed using investigation learning method in order to develop the critical thinking skills in children and their designing skills.

I hope you all had fun! If you liked what you have learnt, come and visit Greece next Carnival time!!


This WebQuest was created by a team of teachers, within the co-funded Erasmus plus KA2  partnership “English for hospitality” (EN4HOSTS), project number: 2017-1-RO01-KA201-037159, KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, KA201 - Strategic Partnerships for school education


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