It’s a pagan festival celebrated 50 days after Greek Orthodox Easter and is a water themed festival to mark the festival of the flood. It’s generally celebrated over the whole weekend as Kataklysmos day always falls on a Monday.
In other countries, it’s also referred to as Whitsun or Pentecost and may also be referred to as the day of the Holy Spirit as it celebrates the descent of the Holy Ghost to the Apostles.
Each of the coastal towns in Cyprus have their own celebrations usually involving singing, dancing or concerts and games. Inland towns and villages celebrate by throwing water bombs or the children often use the biggest water pistol they can find!
Kataklysmos in 2011 falls on Monday 13th June and the banks and most shops will be closed as it’s classed as a public holiday in Cyprus. Yeahey, that means I get a day off work. 🙂
Below is an envelope with Cyprus stamps affixed as a celebratory or slogan cover to commemorate the 1979 Kataklysmos fair in Larnaca between 8th and 12th June.