Religion and celebration are deeply entwined and the most important event in the church calendar is Easter. Listed below is a guide to what is on where.
Agios Neofytos Days (Agios Neofytos Monastery, Tala) a two day fair with crafts and monastic goods available accompanied with live music.
Green Monday, a very important day as it marks the beginning of Lent. The tradition is a picnic in the hills or by the sea and kite flying afterwards! The picnic is vegetarian as meat is given up for the Lent period.
Pafiako Athletic Centre hold a Revival of Classic Games rounded off with music and fireworks.
The fifth round of the FIA car rally is held in Cyprus starting and ending in Limassol. April also sees the Cyprus Ladies Golf Tournament held at the Secret Valley Golf Club.
This is the month for Flower Festivals and known as Anthestiria. This is to celebrate Spring and re-birth.
A unique Cypriot celebration known as Kataklysmos celebrates the festival of the flood and coincides with Greek Pentecost. At seaside resorts there is an ecclesiastic ceremony followed by prayers. A cross is thrown in to the water and people are encouraged to retrieve it – the winner receives a blessing and a sovereign. The festival may last for several days with music, dancing, canoe racing and various other competitions. The most popular custom is to throw water at one another symbolizing the purification of the body as well as the soul. Moreover, at the old Odeon in Paphos (an ancient amphitheatre) there is an annual choir festival held lasting up to a week. Choirs from all over the world participate in this event.
Many festivals and events take place throughout this month. In Limassol there is the Euroadventure which takes place over the course of three days and is aimed at children from the EU countries. National dances are performed along with national dishes to be tasted. The Limassol Amathousia festival offers a programme of music, dance, and string quartets along with modern and traditional songs. By far the most popular event is the Limassol Beer festival which covers a whole weekend of beer tasting accompanied by live music and food.
In Paphos there is the Festival of Ancient Greek Drama. Plays and theatrical productions are held at the ancient amphitheatre. Cyprus Official Volleyball Tournament takes place at many beach resorts during this month. August 15th sees a whole day of feasting and is known as Assumption, the date for this festival never changes therefore if the day fall during a weekday a bank holiday is declared.
This month sees the prestigious Aphrodite Festival. In Paphos this is celebrated with an opera production with the Byzantine fort in Kato Paphos harbour as the backdrop. This is a truly spectacular event and tickets are sold out well in advance. In Limassol the annual wine festival is held in the municipal gardens. This event is well attended by people from all over the Island as it marks the wine harvest. The traditional way of stomping on the grapes is held much to the delight of onlookers. Naturally wine, food and music and traditional dancing take place.
Sees the Paphos half marathon and a fun run, an event for all members of the family.
These are only a sample of some of the events which take place on an annual basis; there are many more events which take place throughout the year and the Island. Further information can be provided from Cyprus Tourism Organization by clicking here.