Around 50 couples from Israel are set to tie the knot on Friday in a mass civil ceremony at the medieval castle in Larnaca, under heavy security, the town’s municipality said.
This is the sixth consecutive year the municipality has hosted mass civil marriages in cooperation with the Larnaca Tourism Board and Israel-based tour operator Natan Uretsky.
Larnaca district, an announcement said, with more than 30 per cent of the total, is the most popular destination for civil marriages of couples travelling from abroad. “In some markets from neighbouring countries, the share of Larnaca is up to 60 per cent,” it said.
“This important event,” the municipality said, will take place on Friday evening at the medieval castle “under draconian security measures”. The 50 couples, Israelis and Russians, will arrive at Larnaca Port from Haifa and will be taken by bus to the medieval castle. They will be accompanied by around 100 guests.
Upon their arrival at the castle, the couples will be welcomed by girls in Cypriot folk dresses, who will hand each bride a bouquet, accompanied by live traditional music. A reception will follow the ceremony, the municipality said, where all couples will receive commemorative gifts.
The event, the municipality said, draws great media coverage in Israel, while it is also widely covered by international online fora. “This contributes substantially to establishing Larnaca, both in the civil marriages sector as well as maximising its overall visibility as a destination,” it said.
The municipality expressed its gratitude to Aradippos cultural club, for their support and participation in the event.