Events Calendar

Cypriot Festivals, Events and Holidays

Some dates are fixed, others vary. Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church spans wider boundaries, being dictated by the older Julian Calendar, rather than the more astronomically correct Gregorian Calendar. Find the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox, then Orthodox Easter will be the following Sunday.

The Cypriot year involves many large social gatherings with family and friends at key points of the religious calendar. Food always has an important role in these celebrations.

January events1 JanuaryProtochronia | New Year | Ayios Vasilis | St Basil's DayFamily celebrations involve Vasilopita orange and brandy cake as a breakfast treat, baked with a lucky coin inside.
6 JanuaryTa Fota | EpiphanyHarbourside celebrations at the main resorts. It's lucky to retrieve the Bishop's cross after it's tossed into the sea.
February eventsFebruaryTsiknopempti | Fat / Stinky Thursday A day for a traditional meat blowout feast prior to Lent. 'Stinky' refers to the aroma from all the barbecues.
Feb/MarLimassol CarnivalCostume parades and floats, stalls, food, music and dance events, exhibitions, competitions, dramatic performances.
March eventsFeb/MarKathará Deftéra | Green / Clean / Ash MondayStart of the 50-day Lenten fast giving up meat, eggs and dairy. Outdoor family picnics (salads and seafood) with kites.
25 MarchGreek Independence DayCommemorating the start of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, from 1821.
April eventsMar/AprLimassol MarathonWith a stunning route along the Molos seafront promenade, this is a great event for participants and spectators.
1 AprilCypriot National DayMarking Archbishop Makarios' 1950s campaign for independence. Also a day for April Fool pranks.
Apr/MayPascha | Orthodox EasterGood Fri - church flowers, community lunch, evening procession. Easter Sun - all-day meat-centric family dinners for end of Lent. Coloured eggs game.
May events1 MayAnthestiria | Spring Flowers FestivalFlower-decked themed floats honouring the Greek God Dionysus, celebrating the arrival of spring.
MayLimassol Boat ShowBoats and boating exhibits and displays, demonstrations and water-based activities, stalls, street entertainers, and more.
MayAgros Rose FestivalCelebrating the village as a rose-growing centre - producing rose-based perfume, rose water, brandy, sweets.
June eventsMay/JunKataklysmos | Festival of the FloodKids with water pistols. Water-based fun at the main harbours. Hilarious greasy pole action at Paphos.
JuneSports and Fun Festival, PlatresOpportunities to try cycling, rock climbing, downhill racing and archery.
Jun/JulShakespeare Festival,
Kourion, Limassol
The bard's greatest works performed at the spectacular Kourion Roman amphitheatre.
July eventsJulyHerb Festival, Platres,
Troodos
Herb walks, tastings, arts and craft market, presentations about herbs.
JulyAncient Greek Drama FestivalOpen-air performances at Kourion amphitheatre, Paphos Ancient Odeon, and Makarios III amphitheatre, Nicosia.
Jul/AugPissouri Grape FestivalCelebrating the grape harvest, the whole village dines together at trestle tables in the square. Visitors welcome.
August eventsAugustPerseid Meteor ShowerA dazzling display of fast and bright shooting stars visible with the naked eye in the north-eastern sky.
15 AugustAssumption of Virgin MaryNational religious holiday in the Greek Orthodox church.
Aug/SepLimassol Wine FestivalTaste the variety of local wines from large and small wineries. Cypriot food, performances, music, dance.
September eventsAug/SepPastry and Baked Goods Festival, Galata, TroodosSpecialising in flour milling - due to the number of watermills - this village became the island's pastry and baking centre. Bread and pastries, demonstrations, music and dance.
SeptemberPaphos Aphrodite FestivalProfessional opera production performed in the beautiful setting of Paphos harbour, in front of the castle.
Dates varyCyprus RallyPart of the European Rally Championship. Locations and stages vary.
October eventsSep/OctAnogyra Pastelli FestivalPastelli is a jelly-like sweet made from locally grown carobs. Syrup-making, music, singing, buffet, cookies and candy.
1 OctCyprus Independence DayThe Republic of Cyprus was established in 1960 after achieving independence from Britain.
OctoberKyperounta Apple Festival, TroodosOpen-air market with seasonal apples, local products, fresh apple juice, pies, vinegar, exhibits, pie competition.
November eventsOctoberCyprus Dragon Boat Festival, AkrountaHead for Germasogeia Dam, Limassol to watch international dragon boat teams competing.
28 OctoberEpeteios tou Ochi | No Day | Greek National DayCommemorating Greek General Metaxas' "No" to an Italian request for occupation in 1940, bringing Greece into WWII.
24 DecemberChristmas EveCypriot children go carol singing while their mothers bake Christopsomo - a brioche-style Christmas bread.
December events25 DecemberChristouyenna | ChristmasChristmas is celebrated with plenty of delicious Cypriot food, exchanging family gifts, and age-old traditions.
26 DecemberLimassol Boxing Day Santa RunA chance to work off Christmas excesses by donning a Santa suit and joining Limassol Running Club's annual 5 km run.
31 DecemberNew Year's EveSt Basil (Santa) delivers his gifts to Cypriot children on New Year's Eve.

 

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