Cyprus Life – in pictures vs Fylde Coast Musings

Our new life in Cyprus began in early March 2004. Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas spending a glorious 12 years in Limassol. Feel free to read my posts and view my many #photosofCyprus. However in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We're now living on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea in the north west of England. More places for us to discover as this part of the UK is not so familiar to us either.

Kataklysmos – in Cyprus

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What’s Kataklysmos?

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.

Cyprus Stamps slogan cover celebrating the Kataklysmos fair at Larnaca on 12th June 1979

More slogan covers produced for Cyprus celebrations such as the Limassol wine festival or Famagusta orange festival, can be found on Cyprus Stamps website.


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

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