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Festivals & Festivities
Events for All Seasons

People of Cyprus love to celebrate, so cultural and religious festivals are held throughout the year. Some have ancient origins, others are steeped in history and tradition, whilst some simply reflect the culture of today.
Carnival Dates back to Greek festivals in honor of the god Dionysos, divine patron of the theatre. It begins 50 days before Orthodox Easter. Festivities take place in various towns and reach a climax on Carnival Sunday, when a big parade takes place in Lemesos.
Easter in the most important religious festival, celebrated with processions, religious services and many traditional games.
In May, colorful parades of flower-decorated floats wind through the streets of the cities. This is "Anthestiria" Flower Festival, which dates back to the celebrations in ancient Greece for the rebirth of man and nature.
On Pentecost comes "Kataklysmos" festival. Its roots are the ancient rites of passing that celebrated the transition of man from springtime to the new season. In the coastal cities, there are boat parades, fireworks, dancing and folk music.
From mid-June to September, music concerts, dancing, performances of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies take place in the ancient theatres of Kourion and Pafos.
All through July, Art Festivals thrive in Larnaka and Lemesos.
During summer, many local festivals with traditional atmosphere are celebrated in picturesque villages.
September is dedicated to Wine Festival in Lemesos, with music, folklore and free wine flowing from vats. Kypria Festival, organized throughout September by Ministry of Education and Culture, is a major arts event and includes all performing arts.
Winter period is welcomed with numerous classical music concerts, exhibitions of Fine Arts and theatre performances. In December, Christmas Festivals take place all over the island.
One of the most important Greek Orthodox religious celebrations is Epiphany Day on 6th of January.

 

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