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Carnival is here - Cyprus Festivites for 2011

Carnival time in Cyprus is here! The town crier announces the Carnival's arrival all around Limassol spreading the word and setting the mood for a fun-filled time. Carnival was celebrated in ancient Greece and organized in honor of the God Dionysos. Ancient Greeks got dressed in various costumes, wore masks, played games and had feasts that lasted for days. The custom and tradition is still going strong today. Carnival in Cyprus is a two-week period of celebrations with a focus on food, festivites and games before the 50 days of fasting before Easter.

The first week of the Carnival is called Meat Week or "Kreatini" since it is the last week for eating meat before Easter. The second week is known as Cheese week or "Tyrini." The last Sunday of Cheese Week is the highlight of the Carnival and this year falls on Sunday, February 27th. This is when the Grand Carnival Parade takes place in Limassol. "Green Monday" or also sometimes called "Clean Monday" always follows the 2 week Carnival festivites which is also the first day of Lent and a National holiday in Cyprus and Greece. Carnival in Limassol

During Cheese week, you will find many seasonal and fresh specialties such as the Greek pastry "bourekia" which is filled with mint flavor cheese or other delicious sweets such as "daktyla"and "kandaifi." Cheese ravioli is popular at this time and also a pumpkin filled pastry that is not quite as sweet as the others mentioned above. Many Cypriots will pack a picnic on Green Monday and head for the countryside where their picnic feast will include vegetables, olives, bread, salads, local wines, beers and other drinks. You will see the skys filled with kites which is a site to see and island-wide tradition.

Carnival festivities begin on the Thursday of Meat Week. Highlights of the festival include the entrance of King Carnival, the Children's Carnival Parade, the Serenaders' Parade and the Grand Carnival Parade of chariots and groups. Festivities take place in towns all over the island, Limassol hosts the most famous celebration and has the most festivities. Larnaca and Paphos also offer impressive parades, fancy dress parties and town decor.

In Limassol, the entrance of the King Carnival will be on Febraury 24th, a Children’s Parade will be on the 27th, Serenader’s Parade on March 3rd and the Grand Parade on March 6th. Everything takes place along Makarios III Avenue. For information on Carnival schedule please call the Cultural Services of Limassol Municipality on telephone numbers: 25 342153 & 25 745919

In Paphos,  the entrance of the King Carnival will be at the Commercial Centre on Febraruy 24th and the Grand Parade will be on March 3rd along Poseidonos Avenue. For more information please call 26 932 014.  Also in Paphos, Winters Home Plaza has already started getting in their Carnival Costumes. Their shop is great and located on the Mesogi Road on the way to Polis.

Get ready now to have some fun, stay safe and enjoy it!

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Published Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:27 PM by Cleo Shahateet

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