The people of Larnaca celebrate the day of the Holy Spirit in fantastic water-bombing style at the Festival of the Flood with various entertainment and activities.
Don't forget the swimwear for Festival of the Flood because whether you like it or not, you're probably going to get wet. That being said, it's a great time to experience Cypriot culture with concerts, games and water-based activities causing a splash among locals and tourists.
50 days after Orthodox Easter, Festival of the Flood (also known as Kataklysmos) celebrates the day of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) with Larnaca hosting festivities for the last 100 years. For the people of Cyprus, its origins are connected to ancient ceremonies honouring Aphrodite and Adonis as well as the biblical roots in reference to the great flood and its link to Greek mythology. However, although the religious element to this annual event is still present through a number of religious ceremonies, for most of the people here, the festival is all about enjoying a few days of activities and entertainment.
Kataklysmos features throughout coastal cities in Cyprus but Larnaca is seen to hold the biggest of celebrations. Cypriot singers and dancers perform throughout the town and boat races, competitions and water-throwing games symbolising the purification of the body and soul, all can be found down by its stunning coastline. Stalls line the Phinikoudes stretch selling tasty traditional food where as other random events such as last year's beach-volley competition and puppet shows are popular with the crowds.
Festival of the Flood usually sees hundreds of thousands of visitors and this year will be no different. Our advice: keep an eye out for groups of children armed with water bombs. Turning up to lunch looking like a wet dog isn't a good look.
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