The Phallus Festival, also known as the Penis Festival, is a unique event where people parade large ‘manhood’ symbols down the street while celebrating amidst joy and laughter.
This festival pays homage to ancient Greek traditions and takes place annually in the town of Tyrnavos, Thessaly, Greece. It has its roots in the time when the Greeks honored Dionysus, the god of wine, parties, and fertility.
harvests and prosperity to the community.
Currently held on the first Sunday in April, the festival sees people skipping church services to join the parade through the town, carrying oversized ‘manhood’ symbols.
Although the festival was historically associated with fertility, the modern-day celebration has evolved into a lighthearted and humorous occasion. It is now a time for both locals and visitors to have fun, enjoy jokes, cussing, and playful banter.
During the event, everyone participates with fake ‘manhood’ symbols made of various materials like wood, paper, clay, or sugar. These ‘gbola’ symbols can be seen adorning tables, benches, and even acting as totem sculptures at crossroads. People kiss them, take selfies with them, wear them as accessories, and dance with them during the parade.
As the day progresses, the festive spirit continues with feasting on traditional Greek foods, including baklava, honey puffs, and souvlaki (grilled meat). It’s not surprising to find bread shaped like penises among the treats.
If you ever find yourself in Greece during this time, don’t miss the chance to witness the unconventional Phallus Festival. It’s an experience that will surely leave a lasting memory.