The town of Naoussa in Central Macedonia is known for its unusual customs which have remained unchanged until this day. The "Janissaries and Boules" performance is played on the first Sunday of the Carnival. Only young, unmarried men can play the roles of Janissaries and Boules. In older times, it was a very noble and important responsibility. The exceptional appearance of participants, their costumes, and original movements make the performance really unique. The holiday is celebrated by eating a large number of traditional dishes such as pies, pan desserts, and of course, local wine.
The celebration takes place during 12 days before the Clean Monday. It usually falls in February or early March.