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
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
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
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.