Larnaca has a wide variety of festivals and carnivals that are celebrated by the locals, keeping in with the customs and traditions known since many generations.
When visiting the scenic city of Larnaca, you can be sure to find people celebrating every event with a lot of pomp and splendour.
These festivals may be related to seasons, music, traditional days and even some ancient ceremonies. Most of these events and festivals are celebrated through various days as well.
Every summer Cypriots celebrate a festival of music and performing arts in July. This annual festival provides outdoor, indoor concerts and a feast of entertainment at various town venues throughout the festival days. The festival serves up the performances of dance, theatre and music, film screenings and poetry by national and international talents.
Also, known as Kataklysmos, the Flood Festival takes place every year in June. This festival is celebrated 50 days after the Orthodox Easter on the day that is known as the day of the Holy Spirit. As the name suggests, water is the main focus of the festival. During the festival period, the people of Cyprus gather at the coast to mark the Christian feast of the Pentecost with religious ceremonies, concerts, boat races, swimming competitions and water-throwing activities to symbolize the purification of the body and soul.
The Anthestiria festival is a celebration of the arrival of spring and nature's rebirth in connection with Ancient Greece. The festival is held in May and is commenced by a parade of floats and people carrying beautiful, fresh flowers to the seafront. During this period, a visit to Troödos Mountains is an awesome experience as the hillsides get overflowed with beautiful plants and flowers.
This festival is one of the major Greek Orthodox religious celebrations of the year. It is considered as a public holiday in the city and happens on 6th January every year. Also, famous as the feast of light, it is celebrated in seaside towns of Cyprus. During this period, people gather at the Cathedral and a religious procession takes place down towards the sea, leading to a ceremonial baptism of the Holy Cross.
Before Easter and prior to the days of fasting, Carnival is held over a period of ten days. This festival includes fun, food and parties including all locals and tourists alike. Parades, fancy dress balls and music performances are quite popular and take place during the period of 10 days. Popular international artists and DJ's also take part in this event to provide the best entertainment.
Easter Sunday is a time of great celebration and is widely regarded as the most important celebration in the Orthodox Ecclesiastical calendar. From Sunday to Tuesday the following week, Cypriot music, games are played in various parts of the city. Besides the entertainment, the Easter meal is prepared that includes Souvla, salads even cakes and other sweets.
The beginning of Lent is marked by the festival, Green Monday. This day is also called as Pure Monday, Clean Monday, Ash Monday or Monday of lent and is celebrated in all towns and villages of Cyprus with plenty of music, dancing and delicious vegetarian food. On this day, Cypriots gather for an outdoor vegetarian meal of bread, vegetables and olives at the start of this Orthodox festival of fasting and contemplation.
Classical music fans should not miss the Larnaca Festival of Classical Music, organized every year in the month of April by the Larnaca Municipality. This festival includes performances from the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the London Concertante Chamber Ensemble and even other brass bands and classical singing groups. The event takes place at the Larnaca Municipal Theater and is popular among music lovers.