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Kataklysmos 13 June 2012

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Kataklysmos 13 June 2012

Kataklysmos 13 June 2012

Fifty days after Easter is Kataklysmos, which is otherwise known as the Festival of the Flood, or the Water Festival.

This religious public holiday sees a three day celebration at all of the major coastal towns across the island, with the promenades taking on the appearance of an open-air fair, with countless stalls selling toys and traditional Cypriot food. The celebrations include folk dancing, singing, games, swimming competitions, boat races, and just generally throwing water at each other. A great way to stay cool in the Cyprus sun!

It is the day of the Holy Spirit, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Ghost to the Apostles. In Cyprus, the celebrations also relate back to the Old Testament tale of Noah''s Ark (the Greek myth of Deukalion) and ancient ceremonies in honour of Aphrodite and Adonis.
Kataklysmos 13 June 2012

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