By Evie Andreou
Cypriots are spoiled for choice this long weekend since the island’s municipalities antagonise each other with the organisation of Festivals of the flood or Kataklysmos, not realising that the sudden turn in weather could literally flood their plans.
Traditionally, the main festival hosted by Larnaca but the last few years other towns have organised their own.
The Kataklysmos festival in Larnaca will last for six days this year, having started on Friday and will take place mainly along the seafront Athinon Avenue.
The festival, which will begin with a parade and a fireworks show, includes competitions of folk poetry, dancing and singing, short plays and children’s theatrical sketches, a shadow theatre, music concerts with famous Cypriots and Greek singers, a chess tournament, a beach volley tournament and water sports.
Under the title ‘Fish Flood in Zygi’ the festival will take place at the fishing shelter on Sunday.
Organised by the Larnaca development agency in cooperation with the Zygi community council, the festival offers fresh fish sampling, the presentation of traditional Cypriot food like halloumi, honey and soudjoukkos, traditional products and artefacts and a rich music and dance programme from the music group ‘Anatoli’.
It starts at 5pm and the entrance is free.
The organisers of the festival in Famagusta is being organised for the second year by the ‘Ammochostos Initiative’ and ‘Ammochostos our town’.
This year’s festival theme is ‘We are together’ and aims to revive old customs of the festival which was also attended by Turkish Cypriots before 1974.
The programme begins with a liturgy at Ayios Georgios Exorinos. The Constantia and Ammochostos Bishopric announced that anyone interested in participating in the liturgy could contact their offices.
There will also be modern and folk dances, sports, poetry reading, a concert as well as a tour within the city walls by archaeologist Anna Marangou. The main festivities will begin at 2.30pm at the Glossa beach.
Apart from the Kataklysmos festivities, Ayia Napa will also host a fish festival in an attempt to revive an older fish event that was celebrated every August. Both events will take place on Sunday and on Monday and parking in municipal areas will be free until Monday.
Paphos and Polis Chrysochous are also hosting Flood festivals which start on Saturday and end on Monday.
In Paphos, the festivities will take place in the mediaeval castle square with a children’s song contest, Cretan, Georgian and Pontus folklore dances and concerts.
In Polis, the festivities will be at Latsi harbour. Polis Chrysochous’ mayor Angelos Georgiou invited locals and tourists to choose his town for this year’s festivities.
The festival will present local folklore groups. There will also be water sports and a swimming contest, a limericks contest and several concerts with Greek and foreign singers.