Get out the costumes and enjoy the carnival!
There are many carnivals held in Cyprus but nothing compares to the spectacular Lemesos (Limassol) Carnival. The festival begins two weeks before the start of lent. The festival opens with the parade of the Carnival King entering the town, signaling the start of masquerades, feasting and partying. The festival is divided into two parts. The first week is known as Kreatini (Meat Week), which is the last week for eating meat before Easter. The second week is known as Tyrini (Cheese Week). Cheese and other dairy products are consumed during this week.
During this festival you will see minstrels wandering the streets with guitars and mandolins, masquerading, children’s parades and fancy dress. The Festival culminates in the Grand Carnival Parade which takes place on the last Sunday of the festival before Green Monday (the first day of lent).
This year the carnival will start on February 12th at 7 pm with the parade of the Carnival King.