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 long weekend, crowds inevitably gravitate to the coast to be part of all the fun. All the action in the coastal hubs lasts for several days as all sorts of fun water based activities come to life, while the respective municipalities organise fun events for the occasion with seafront areas transforming into open air markets selling all sorts of traditional food, knick-knacks and children’s toys galore! Then there’s games, singing, dancing and plenty of drinking involved!
My Cyprus Insider gives you the lowdown on some of the upcoming highlights!
Larnaca: June 14th – June 19th
Well known for hosting the biggest Kataklysmos celebration of all, festivities take on rather large proportions down in Larnaca with celebrations lasting for six whole days. With the Finikoudes strip bound to be particularly buzzing throughout the long weekend, there will also be three main areas hosting celebrations: the Central Seafront stage, the Europe Square stage, and the Finikoudes seafront.
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 Blacksmith and the chair maker, to that of the basket maker and flute maker.
What other highlights can you look forward to? Every night in town will be filled with music and dance, so a simple walk around the area is bound to get you ticking at each of the three stages, with shadow theatre, traditional dance shows, competitions, and more in the mix.
And if you’re looking for seaside fun, be sure to head down to the area on Sunday June 16th when the Larnaka Nautical Club will be hosting sailing and kayak races.
For more info and timetable visit: www.larnaka.com
Limassol: June 15th – June 17th
Down in the buzzing seaside town of Limassol, festivities will be bringing the Molos seafront strip to life with a three-day festival with all sorts of traditional food and other items for sale in the Multifunctional Seaside Park.
There will be plenty of traditional goodies for sale in the eastern car park, while those eager for an adventure can take a ride on the Relax Cruises’ Salone boat to catch a glimpse of the coastline from afar. The cruises will be taking place on Sunday June 16th and Monday June 17th.
More waterside fun awaits throughout Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th with the Limassol Nautical Club canoe and sailing teams giving it their all in the waters alongside the Molos promenade.
Fancy a bit of music? On Monday June 17, Katerina Kouka and SteliosDionysiou, accompanied by an eight-member orchestra under the direction of Admitos Pitsillides, will be performing popular and traditional Greek songs.
For more info and timetable visit: www.limassolmunicipal.com.cy
Paphos: June 15th – June 17th
With all the action set to take place at the scenic square down by Paphos Castle, as well as the Kato Paphos harbour, celebrations are aimed at a fusion of tradition with a touch of contemporary entertainment. Festivities kick off on Saturday night with a full cultural programme, with traditional dances from Cyprus and Georgia. On the following night of Saturday June 16th, guests can enjoy a concert by Giorgos Yiannas and his orchestra.
Monday June 17th will see more dancing and jollities bringing the castle area to life, accompanied all sorts of competitions out at sea that should be exciting to watch. All festivities will culminate in more music at the castle square, with a concert by the ‘Mousa’ group and Michalis Terlikas.
For more info and timetable visit: www.pafos.org.cy
Ayia Napa and Protaras/Paralimni: June 14th – 17th
With festivities down in Ayia Napa centred around the harbour area and running parallel to a so called ‘fish festival’, seafood treats will be on offer down by the Ayia Napa harbour! If you fancy a bit of action at the harbour, Friday June 14th will see a flyboard shows take place, while the area will come to life on Sunday June 16th with a Pancyprian jet ski competition.
Perhaps the biggest treat of all, however, will be a performance on the evening of Saturday June 15th with acclaimed Greek singer, Yiannis Parios, along with his orchestra. On Sunday June 16th, a performance will follow with Greek singer, Makis Dimakis. Festivities will also be taking place in Protaras down at the Fig Tree Bay municipal square, where you’ll get to enjoy a fiery show with Greek pop singer and Cyprus Eurovision star, Eleni Foureira. The performance is scheduled for the evening of Sunday June 16th.