The Paphos municipality and the Archangel Michael hospice are confident the ‘Dancing Hasapiko’ event held on Sunday will get the city into the Guinness Book of Records.
Some 912 people met at 4pm at the square of the medieval castle, ready to dance the popular Greek folk dance.
Up to now, the world record is held by the Ayia Napa municipality which gathered 748 people in 2014.
“Two local judges were assigned by the Guinness office, and the count is official”, head of the Paphos hospice Mona Skordi explained. “Now the paperwork is in the process of being sent to the UK offices which will issue the award in due time.”
The dance is meant to support the palliative care facility as well as setting a new record.
Primary, secondary and dance schools took part and participants and spectators donated money for the hospice.
“It is also about promoting the facility and educating people,” Skordi said.
The Archangel Michael hospice is located on a large plot with a garden in Mesa Chorio in the Paphos district. It has nine spacious rooms and offers a free stay for people who need it regardless of nationality, race, religion and the nature of the illness. A large terrace with sea views also enables patients and their families to enjoy the fresh air.
It was opened in 2015 after a long struggle to obtain the necessary funds and licences.