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Kataklysmos Cyprus
27-27 May
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The annual Kataklysmos (Festival of the Flood) is a festival celebrated for five days fifty days after Easter in all the coastal towns, but the biggest event takes place in Larnaka.

At the heart of the festival is a joyful procession to the sea where people sprinkle each other with water. Whether this is in memory of Noah’s survival of the flood, or the coming ashore of resurrected St. Lazarus - or a celebration of the birth of Aphrodite - is sometimes debated, but in any event Kataklysmos is a spirited and uniquely Cypriot festival. The festival begins with an ecclesiastical ceremony. The priest hurls a cross into the sea and the diver who brings it up receives a blessing and a sovereign, which marks the start of the rest of the festivities. Events in Agia Napa, Limassol, Paphos and Polis are among the most popular and may well last for a few extra days - depending on the town. Expect folk dances, boat and swimming races, swimming competitions, wrestling, canoe-races and the bellowing of songs such as tchattista, which are improvised verses sung by competing parties.

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