As the long weekend fast approaches, everyone around the island is currently busy making plans about what to do for ‘Kataklysmos’ (translated as the ‘Flood Festival’). A religious celebration which honours the Holy Spirit, and coincides with the day of the Pentecost, it always takes place 50 days after Greek Orthodox Easter.
With attention turning to the seaside towns this week, the biggest celebration of all takes place in Larnaca!
With the Finikoudes strip bound to be buzzing throughout the long weekend, there will also be three main stages hosting celebrations: the Central Seafront stage, the Europe Square stage, and the Medieval Castle stage.
My Cyprus Insider gives you the lowdown on some of the upcoming highlights!
Celebrations will begin on Friday May 25th, 8pm, with an opening parade down the seafront stage with the participation of cheerleaders, the Cyprus Police Band, the Larnaka Municipal Band, Dancing Groups and more. This will be followed by plenty of music, concerts and fireworks. Another parade will be taking place down the Europe Square Stage at the same time, with the participation of various dancing groups and more fireworks. At the Medieval Fort Stage, there will be a shadow theatre festival to keep the young ones entertained.
On Saturday May 26th, you can enjoy folk dancing contest, music and dances down the Seafront stage. At the Europe Square Stage, you can look forward to magic tricks, oriental dances, folk dances, and plenty of Greek music. The Medieval Fort Stage will see another shadow theatre performance to put a smile on young one’s faces.
Come Sunday May 27th there will be plenty more jollities to enjoy at the seafront stage, with folk poetry and plenty of love songs in the mix! At the Europe Square Stage, poetry lovers can enjoy a competition of traditional, poems, songs and ‘tsiatista’, while the Medieval Fort will also be filled with song and dance, with a particularly fun Mamma Mia musical extravaganza by the Andris Georgiou dance school.
On Monday May 28th, the Central Seafront Stage will see more music and dance culminating in a firework show. There will also be a special concert to enjoy by Greek pop star, Sakis Rouvas! Meanwhile, Europe Square will be hosting dances and firework shows!
Keep in mind that throughout the duration of the festivities, special kiosks will be set up down at Europe Square and will be open for all to have a look at, each one giving you insight into a variety of Cypriot crafts, from the work of the potter and the chair maker, to that of the basket maker and flute maker. There will also be lots of delicious treats to tuck into, with all sorts of traditional Cyprus produce on offer!
Do also note that Tuesday and Wednesday will also be bringing celebrations to life – for more info and timetable visit: www.larnaka.com