In Cyprus, Kataklysmos festival, or ‘Festival of the Flood’, is a religious holiday for the feast of the Pentecost, otherwise known as ‘Whitsun’, or ‘The Day of the Holy Spirit’, as it commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost to the Apostles. In Cyprus, however, the celebrations are also connected to the ancient ceremonies organized in honour of Aphrodite and Adonis. Kataklysmos is an annual festival, celebrated 50 days after Greek Orthodox Easter.
Water is the main focus of the festival and locals are often found yielding water balloons and water guns in the villages. All coastal cities organize concerts, games and other events near the waterfront. Be ready to get wet at Kataklysmos!
15th – 17th June 2019:
In Limassol, the events of Kataklysmos take place along the seaside over a three-day period. You will find plenty of kiosks, entertainment and competitions by the sea.
In Paphos, Kataklysmos is celebrated outside the castle at the harbour. The harbour front is lined with wonderful stalls selling local foods, crafts and souvenirs and is open until late night.
If you’re staying on Aphrodite Hills Resort this weekend, there is also a Kataklysmos event being held in the Village Square on Monday 17th June! See more information HERE.