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Carnival in Cyprus

Carnival in Cyprus

Carnival in Cyprus

CYPRUS WEATHER

27/02/2019

Few words





Carnival was being celebrated in ancient Greece. Celebrations were being organized in honor of god Dionissos. Ancient Greeks got dressed in various costumes, wore masks and had fun in feasts for days. Cypriots kept this custom. The origin of Carnival traces back to the very past and is closely linked with the history of the Greeks.It seems that it is a festivity related to classical antiquity: the Dionysian festivals called “Dionysian”, during which a contest was taking place amongst three great tragedians of ancient Greece: Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles, three dramatists of our history.
Carnival in Cyprus was associated with the beginning of the fasting of Easter. Carnival was called “Apokries” which means in Greek “without meat”. It was celebrated with feasts and traditional games. In addition, people got dressed in costumes and wore masks in order to scare others.

Just like many other festivities and cultural traditions, Cypriot carnival celebrations actually date back to the beginning of the last century, when homes in Limassol opened their doors and welcomed round friends and family for a feast of food and wine. Limassol holds the largest annual carnival in the island of Cyprus. The Limassol Carnival is an important institution: a tradition for the Limassolians, which remains alive and will survive throughout times.

The Limassol Carnival is however a feast that all of us expect to enjoy impatiently and willingly. It was celebrated in an organized way since the past, when groups of merrymakers from all the social strata of the city organized in their houses meetings and organized parades using donkeys, carriages, broughams and bikes. People of that area felt a vast satisfaction watching their fellow citizens disguised satirizing situations, persons and various things directly or indirectly linked with everyday life and the reality of their times.

Carnival is celebrated in towns all over Cyprus, but especially in the city of Limassol. In our days carnival events start on the “Shrove Thursday” (the last of eating meat) with the Carnival King entering the town in a festive atmosphere. Then follows, the children’s parade, the various Serenades’ shows and finally the Grand Carnival Parade which takes place on the last Sunday of the Carnival festivities.

Many people in fancy dresses participate to enjoy a special razzledazzle. Special consideration has been given to the decoration of the town. All the places where festivities are planned, as well as the central key points of the town, are decorated in an as ingenious way as possible.

Parties are held and people gather to feast, sing satirical songs and play games. The last Sunday of the “Cheese Week” is the highlight of the Carnival. This is when the Grand Carnival Parade takes place on the last “Green Monday ” or the first day of lent.

Colourful floats and groups of people, singing and dancing, parades in the main roads of Limassol create a truly festive atmosphere. The open-air celebrations and feasting take place throughout Cypriot towns but the Grand Parade in Limassol is the peak focus of the Carnival. During the Carnival parade large crowds from all over the island gather to watch the floats accompanied by the serenades and amazing costumed groups.



Direction to Carnival in Cyprus

Event schedule for the Limassol carnival 2019
( 28/2 – 10/3 )

Carnival in Cyprus
Carnival in Cyprus

Tsiknopempti

28/2 Thursday

11:00a.m.
Carnival fiestas in front of the Hellenic BanK (Gladstonos Str., former Limassol Cooperative Bank) and Bank of Cyprus (Ayiou Andreou Str. opposite Ayia Napa church).

12.30p.m.
The “Limassol Serenaders” will be singing at Saripolou Square.

Limassol Carnival in Cyprus
Port in Cyprus

Friday

01/3

7.00p.m. | MEDIEVAL CASTLE SQUARE
The Monterni Kairi Choir, the “Limassol Serenaders”, the Ariones Choir, the EDON Limassol Serenaders, the Choir of the Cultural Association of EAC Employees and the male vocal ensemble “Ilandron” will be singing at the Medieval Castle square. Route: Irinis Street (in front of the Monterni Kairi Cultural Group) – Medieval Castle Square.


Saturday

02/3

10.30a.m. | HELLENIC BANK
(former Limassol Cooperative Bank, Gladstonos str.) The Municipality’s children’s train will be touring around the city. The first tour will take place at 10.30a.m. Other tours will follow on a first-come first-served basis.

Carnival in Cyprus
Carnival  in Cyprus

Sunday

03/3

11.30a.m. | CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL PARADE
Starting Point: Sea front road, Municipal Garden traffic lights.
Ending: 2nd sea front parking lot – next to “Red” cafe
The parade will be preceded by the Queens of Carnival and the Limassol Majorettes of the Cyprus Girl Guides Association and followed by the Limassol Majorettes.

Carnival in Cyprus
Carnival in Cyprus

Monday

04/3

7.00p.m. | PANOS SOLOMONIDES MUNICIPAL CULTURAL CENTRE
The Limassol Municipality and the Cyprus Photographic Society – Limassol Branch, co-organise the photographic exhibition on the theme of “Limassol Carnival 2018”.

limassol carnival in Cyprus
limassol carnival in Cyprus

Tuesday

05/3

SERENADERS AT THE LIMASSOL NEIGHBOURHOODS

7.30p.m.
The Monterni Kairi Choir will be singing at Zakaki.

7.30p.m.
The Edon Limassol Serenaders will be singing at Ayios Nicolaos.

limassol carnival in Cyprus
limassol carnival in Cyprus

Wednesday

06/3

7.30p.m. | LIMASSOL’S TETRAFONIA PANOS SOLOMONIDES MUNICIPAL CULTURAL CENTRE
Carnival songs and serenades by the Limassol’s Tetrafonia (Four Voice Men’s Choir).

9.00p.m. | ENAERIOS PARKING PLACE
Carnival Fiesta titled “Love is in the air”, with DJ George Bereck.
Free-style Carnival Costume Competition Awards will be given to the best three participants.

limassol carnival in Cyprus
limassol carnival in Cyprus

Thursday

07/3

7.30p.m. | EVENING CARNIVAL PARADE
Starting Point: Grigoris Afxentiou Square (District Office Building).
Ending Point: Medieval Castle Square
The Limassol Municipality in collaboration with the association “Friends of Limassol Carnival” co-organize an Evening Carnival Parade with the participation of the Batukinio percussion instruments group and the Limassol Majorettes.

limassol carnival in Cyprus
limassol carnival in Cyprus

Friday

08/3

7.30p.m. | CHILDREN’S CHOIRS PATTIHIO MUNICIPAL THEATRE
Evening of serenades and carnival songs by the children’s choirs of Dreams’ Choir, “Melodies kai Chromata”, the Children’s Choir of the Papadakion Municipal School of Music, the Music Workshop, Children’s Choir and Piccolo of Epilogi and the Armonia Choir.
Entrance: €5

limassol carnival in Cyprus
limassol carnival in Cyprus

Saturday

09/3

10.30a.m. | HELLENIC BANK
(former Limassol Cooperative Bank, Gladstonos Str.)
The Municipality’s children’s train will be touring around the city. The first tour will take place at 10.30a.m. Other tours will follow on a first-come first-served basis.

limassol carnival in Cyprus
limassol carnival in Cyprus

ARTICLE PHOTOS by: Sergey Galyonkin
SLIDE PHOTO by: Petros Karadjias
ARTICLE TEXT (CARNIVAL IN CYPRUS) by: Forum Private School

Grand Carnival Parade

10/3 Sunday

Archbishop Makarios III Avenue
Starting Point: Ayios Nikolaos Round About
Ending Point: Polemidia Traffic Lights (Fairways)

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