There is one special custom that combines charcoal and carnival and it is widely known on Crete! If you find yourself around a BBQ company during carnival and you haven’t chosen to dress yourself up, you must expect from others to give you a special face painting! The only thing they need is some dust from the charcoal that is spread around your face and transforms you into a funny person.
It’s the easiest way to join the party and have more fun. You can either have a few stripes of charcoal dust or even cover all of your face with it. In some villages the custom of getting charcoal face painting can be a really big party including bbq, wine, hot soup and dj music. This happens for example in Mochos, a small mountain village south of the more known beachresort of Malia. In other villages it’s a custom that older people insist on doing, since they believe that the black paint on their face, the dancing and singing is a way of keeping evil away.