THE HISTORY OF LIMASSOL
The Lemesos (Limassol) Carnival
The festival lasts for ten (10) days, with jolly and amusing masquerading. This custom is very old, going back to pagan rituals. With the passage of time it has acquired a different, purely entertaining character, with a large, popular following. The festival starts with the entrance parade of the King Carnival, followed by a fancy-dress parade for children. During the last Sundays’ Carnival parade in the main streets, large crowds from all over the island gather to watch the floats with the serenade and other masqueraded groups. Many fancy-dress balls and parties take place at many hotels every night.
"Anthestiria" - Flower Festival (May)
This festival takes place in May. "Anthestiria" were organised in Athens in honor of the God Dionysos, the divine protector of the theatre. They were also the festival of souls and plants celebrating the rebirth of man and nature. Nature beauty is celebrated during the flower festival.
Nature beauty is celebrated in Lemesos (Limassol), with flower parades and exhibitions of plants and flowers.
"Kataklysmos" - Festivalof the Flood (June)
Kataklysmos is a festival which takes place near the sea shore of Lemesos (Limassol), on the Sunday of the Pentecost and the Monday of the Holy Spirit. It is unique in its kind and has a paganistic character.
We don't know for certain what the origins of this festival were. A lot of people believe that kataklysmos originated from the ancient ceremonies in honor of Aphrodite and Adonis. The custom of throwing sea, river or lake-water at one another has prevailed both in areas near the sea and inland of Lemesos (Limassol).
On Sunday and Monday, a variety of dance and song competitions take place. Popular songs known as "chatista" are sung by different singing groups which complete each other.
Shakespearean nights (June)
The Shakespeare festival is a charity event annually organized by the Society for Chest Diseases at the ancient theatre of Curium.
There, Shakespeare’s plays are staged, in a fascinating environment in the open air theater of Curium. The performances attract large audiences from Cyprus and abroad.
The Wine Festival (September)
During the first quarter of September, the great Wine Festival of Cyprus takes place in the Municipal Garden of Lemesos (Limassol), every evening between 8.00 hrs - 23.00 hrs. During the festival the visitor has the chance to taste some of the best Cyprus wines, which are offered free of charge. On some evenings, various groups from Cyprus and abroad perform folk dancing and there are also choirs and others.
Ancient Greek Drama Festival (July - August)
This cultural event is organized by the Cyprus Tourism Organization and the Cyprus Theater Organization. Performances of ancient dramas and comedies are presented in Greek and are held in the ancient Theater of Curium, 19 km west of Lemesos (Limassol).