The Bunting was hanging right down the Coral Bay Strip when we went to dinner last night – WHY I asked, what’s happening I asked Stavros, only to be told it was Carnival Time in Cyprus, and the festivities all related to the Greek Orthodox Easter.
After some research on my faithful laptop it seems that because of Easter falling on April 8, 2018 it is the earliest Orthodox Easter for the last eight years, a date which won’t be equalled again until 2029. Which means in Cyprus we’re about to hit one of the most decadent fortnights of the year… Count back the 40 days of Lent, allow another 14 or so for the upcoming festive period, and – fanfare please – it’s Carnival time!
Shops have been full with thousands of fancy dress costumes, more than I have ever seen in the UK for Hallowe’en, with every costume and mask imaginable. It seems that Cyprus takes its Carnivals very seriously.
It seems that Limassol is the true home of the Cyprus Carnival; even as far back as the 70s, local revelries were described as “two whole weeks during which the people of Limassol do little else other than party every single day, drinking, dancing and staying up all night. There’s lots of fun, practical jokes, and some love-making: the three elements which the people of Limassol live and breathe during the days of the Carnival.”
These days, little has changed there is 14 days of parades, parties, dances, competitions, exhibitions and serenades enticing thousands to the town.
Having never been to one of the carnivals it was the ideal opportunity especially when Kate (Phill’s lovely daughter) was visiting and it was right on our doorstep in Coral Bay to get out there amongst the crowds to support all the local businesses that were taking part. The Coral Bay Strip was closed for the day and the music from the many speakers strategically placed down the strip made for an amazing carnival atmosphere.
Lots of photographs were being taken by families and friends of the amazing floats that had been created and the atmosphere was buzzing. It seemed that everyone was participating on one way or another. Kate and I really enjoyed seeing the kids all dressed up and dancing.
This took my back to my childhood where there was the Carnival in Ayrshire where they had the floats going through the town and they crowned the carnival queen and everyone knew everyone in the community.
What an amazing day with streamers and spray foam and string!! Who knows we could be on the float next year – keep an eye out !!