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Carnival in Cyprus 2012 & Clean Monday Are Upon Us!

Carnival time in Cyprus is here and despite the economic woes and the dreadful weather Cyprus has had this year the town crier still announced 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 26th. 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. This year Green Monday is on 27th February.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.

Green Monday is a public holiday in Cyprus and Greece and it signifies the beginning of Lent and fasting before Easter - no meat products are consumed until Easter Sunday. After the costume parties, street parades and festivities that took place throughout Cyprus, Green Monday is a day where families and friends gather outdoors with a feast of traditional fasting foods such as a variety of fresh vegetables and traditional breads.  Young and old alike enjoy flying and watching kites high above their heads. 

A few "rules" to follow this year which include where and how high kites can be flown, especially near the Paphos and Larnaca airports. The Forestry Department has let the public know not to uproot any wild flowers as there are many protected species in Cyprus and picking them incurs a hefty fine. Lastly, and not a rule but something to be aware of is that fresh produce has seen a substantial price hike in anticipation of the holiday so don't be surprised at the 1 Euro per kilo price hike for cucumbers making them 3 Euros a kilo!  

Despite the warnings, Green Monday is always a fun day for those who participate, picnic and fly kites and for those who just stroll the beaches and watch the activity. 

A few activities around Paphos include a Grand Carnival Ball at the Elysium Hotel in Kato Paphos at 8pm on Friday 24, February.  The Grand Carnival Parade in Paphos will be on Saturday, 25th at 3:00 p.m.

The Resort at Aphrodite Hills will have entertainment from 11am - 3pm on Monday, 27th 2012. There will be tradtional Green Monday kite flying, activities for children to include face painting, bouncy castles, pottery painting, mini-olympics and a traditional live dance show all taking place in a stunning setting.  There is also a lovely shaded playground for children and mini-golf that kids love. A lunch buffet will also be available for all to enjoy.  

There will also be a Green Monday Feast at the Lighthouse area in Kato Paphos at noon on the 27th. These are just a few activites that are taking place.

Whatever you do enjoy the carnival parties and Happy Green Monday Everyone!

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