A sure sign summer is here, the Kataklysmos flood festival, is upon us.
With the actual day this coming Monday creating a welcome long weekend for many, events in most seaside towns are due to begin from Friday.
Unique to Cyprus, Kataklysmos has its roots in the biblical flood while many experts also believe it was inspired by ancient Greek tradition and myth of Deukalion and Pyrra. In both cases, all of humanity is vanquished as punishment for their sins, apart from one faithful couple and their descendants, and a new, more moral generation of Man is recreated.
Celebrations include song, music and dance performances, often by well-known Greek and Cypriot stars, as well as talented local groups and performers. Stalls are set up along the sea-front in some towns and, on the Monday in particular, look out because part of the Kataklysmos tradition is for people, mainly children, to throw water at each other.
Kataklysmos 2014 events around Cyprus are listed below by town:
The action in Limassol will this year be centred around the tennis courts in the town's Municipal Gardens from Saturday to Monday, June 7-9.
According to Limassol Municipality, licences have only been awarded to vendors selling goods either connected to Cyprus' heritage or in line with the spirit of the celebration. The stalls will be operating over the three days.
Also, on Sunday, the Mahallekides Dance School will be performing from 8pm followed by traditional dances, 'tsiattista' folk poetry and songs by the Limassol Folk Research Society at 8.30pm.
From 9pm onwards, the Neoi Orizontes Cultural Club will put on traditional dances from various parts of Greece.
On Monday, the Dionysos Cultural Dance Group will entertain visitors from 8pm with traditional dances, songs and tsiattista. Singer Anna Aristidou will be performing.
At 8.45pm, it will be the turn of the seven-member Michalis Hadjimichael Dance Group and a selection of folk, rembetika and 'nisiotika' Greek island songs featuring vocalists Vassiliki Hadjiadamou and Demetra Hadjimichael.
Kataklysmos in Paphos will also be celebrated between Saturday and Monday, June 7 and 9.
Events begin in the Castle Square from 5pm next Saturday with a Children's Song Contest. Cretan dances by the Konia Cultural Folk Workshop follow from 8pm along with a concert by Yeroskipou's Aphrodite Folk Club's Aenaon Experimental Company.
On Sunday, June 8, the Children's Song Contest continues from 5pm. Pontian and Georgian dances by the Romiosini Pontian Dance Troupe follow from 8pm.
Next are traditional Cypriot dances by the Ktima Folk Club and a concert of traditional songs by the Michalis Hadjimichael group, featuring vocalists Michalis and Demetra Hadjimichael and Vassiliki Hadjiadamou.
The action begins a bit earlier on Monday, June 9 with a watersports contest beginning at 4pm. Viewed from the Castle Square, the event is being organised by Paphos Municipality in cooperation with Paphos Nautical Club, the Kato Paphos Cultural Association and the Ecclesiastical Committee of Panayia Theoskepasti Church.
Cultural entertainment will follow from 8pm with traditional dances by the To Kastro Cultural Club, Greek and modern dances by B.M.S Dance Studio, A. Tziamali and a concert featuring singers Christos Rialas and Christina Tselepou.
Paralimni will be diving into its Kataklysmos celebrations from Friday. Events on this and the next day are centred around the Pernera area near the TETYK hotel.
Para Tu Limni Cultural Workshop and Romiosini Cultural Group will perform from 8.30pm.
On Saturday, the fun also begins at 8.30pm with a performance of traditional song and dance by the Proskynites group. This will be followed by a tsiattista contest coordinated by Theodoulos Papageorgiou.
On Sunday, the action moves to the beach by the Silver Sands Hotel in Protaras.
A series of events under the umbrella of 'Protaras Water Fight 2014' will take place from 11am-6pm including water fights, water games for all ages, DJ music, food, drinks and more. The happening is being organised by Paralimni's Youth Board.
That evening, Fig Tree Bay in Protaras will host folk music by the Angelos Avgoustis Orchestra from 8pm, followed by an address by Paralimni Mayor Theodoulos Pyrillis and a fireworks display from 9pm.
A concert featuring popular Greek singing stars Thanos Petrellis and Stella Kalli follows from 9.15pm.
Monday, June 8 will see a 7am church service at Ayia Triada, performed by Constantia-Famagusta Bishop Vassilios and a blessing of the waters at Ayia Triada at 9am.
From noon to 5pm a mixed-class sailing race, organised by the Begafigo Famagusta District Sailing Club, will be held at the sea area between Ayia Triada and the Golden Coast.
This year's two-day events for the Flood Festival (Kataklysmos) in Ayia Napa includes performances by the popular Greek singers Melina Aslanidou at 9.30pm on Sunday, June 8 and Stelios Dionysiou at 9pm on the Monday.
The Fish Festival and Water Festival will also take place at Ayia Napa harbour from 10am-1pm on Monday with plenty of sea-themed fun for all the family.
Many Kataklysmos events are traditionally centred around Larnaca but the municipality was unable to provide a full programme of events for this year by yesterday.
However, it has been confirmed the traditional stands offering anything from Cypriot snacks to toys will be set up along part of the Phinikoudes stretch from Friday and up until and including Wednesday, June 11.
Musical and dance performances in the area every evening over many if not all of the six days are also anticipated. Contact the municipality's cultural services on 24629333 or 24657745 or read The Cyprus Daily over the coming days for details.
Around the island
Popular Greek DJ Constantinos Saradis will also be in Cyprus for three special Kataklysmos performances.
On Friday, he will be performing at Baia Summer Club in Laranca, on Saturday, June 7 at Loft Club in Paphos and on Sunday, June 8 at Passion Lounge Bar in Ayia Napa. Call 99310031 for details.