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Getting back to our roots

By Maria Gregoriou

We all know that Sundays are traditionally a time for family so why not take advantage of the whole family being together, getting them all into the car and taking them to a festival of Cypriot traditions.

There are two such festivals going on tomorrow, each with something to eat, something to see and lots and lots to learn about our traditions.

First, in Paphos the sixth Traditional Festival will boast an exhibition of traditional tools and professions and local wines.

You will also see how zivania, palouze (a grape jelly), shioushiouko, trachanas, haloumi, anari, dried meat are made.

There will be more, including fresh village bread. And look for people dressed in traditional attire and they maybe dancing.

Kids will not only get to know about tradition, but they will also be able to enjoy the play area and a bouncy castle. They can also get their face painted, do some arts and crafts and be entertained by a clown.

You will also be able to visit the wineries and the small local industry sites, so you can get a little closer to tradition.

Of course you will be able to sample and buy all that is on show.

Now if the mention of palouze got your mouth watering, you may also be interested in the Lofou Palouze Festival in Limassol.

Apart from having lots of free palouze, you will also be able to enjoy music from the band Antama and the municipal choir of Ypsonas, some dancing from the dance group Avkoritissa Foni, and see some grape stomping.

Limassol also makes sure that the kids have a corner to play and a bouncy castle to use up all that energy from eating the palouze.

Oh, and there will also be bingo!

Sixth Traditional Festival
A festival to do with traditional food and professions. Septmeber 20. Statos – Agios Photios Square, Paphos. 11am. Tel: 99-178633

Lofou Palouze Festival
Festival all to do with palouze, with music, dancing and lots more. September 20. Lofou Elementary School, Lofou, Limassol. 3.30pm-6.30pm. Free. Tel: 99-517073


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