Wine flows, flowers bloom and locals celebrate all things spring like at the annual Anthestiria Flower Festival in Paphos.
For many, the arrival of spring is a long anticipated event. Lambs frolic, bees hum and nature gets its mojo back with the arrival of sunshine, flowering buds and greenery. And where better to celebrate than Paphos in southwest Cyprus, which hosts the annual Anthestiria Flower Festival each May.
A celebration of all things spring like, the festival parade travels along Poseidon Avenue down to Kato Paphos (the old harbour). Floats are decked out with huge, colourful displays of flowers while locals and visitors enjoy traditional live music from bloom covered performers. Along the way there are food and drinks stalls and the whole route is littered (rather beautifully) with confetti-like petals.
Anthestiria Flower Festival has ancient pagan roots and was originally held by Athenians to honour Dionysus, god of wine, fertility and theatre. Given its history, it's hardly surprising that the festival turns raucous come nightfall. Wine flows, musicians sing and locals make merry as the town throws a party fit for the gods. Unless you've consumed a bit too much 'grape juice,' we guarantee Anthestiria Festival will put a spring in your step.
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