Larnaca is marking International Children's Day on Sunday with a Children's Festival at the Municipal Gardens.
The festival will take place from 10.30am - 1pm and is organised by Larnaca Municipality and the Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children. Larnaca's Mayor, Andreas Louroutziatis, and President of the Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Skevi Koukouma, will open the event with short welcome speeches before the festivities begin at 10.40am.
The programme includes activities that will run for the whole duration of the event, as well as scheduled entertainment. Painting and ceramic workshops, balloon modelling, face-painting, entertainment from clowns, second-hand toy stalls, book stalls and maypole dancing will be ongoing throughout, whilst the scheduled entertainment includes various children's choirs and dance troupes, a magic show, dramatized storytelling and short theatre productions. The Larnaca branch of the Pancyprian Organisation of Large Families will be offering free juice water and lokoumades (fried syrup balls) to all at the event.
There will also be two showings of the popular Greek children's play 'Who Saw a Dinosaur', which are officially part of the festival, but will be playing at Skala Theatre and not the Municipal Gardens. Showing one starts at 10.30am, and showing two starts at 3.30pm. The play is suitable for ages three to 15 and features songs, lights and special effects (warning: strobe lighting is used). Admission is €8 per person.
International Children's Day is celebrated annually by the Municipality with a festival in its Municipal Gardens which house a park, the Natural History Museum, caged birds, a theatre and a library.
In past years the festival has included different types of activities and entertainment, as well as free ice cream for all children last year.
Officially known as 'International Day for Protection of Children', the day has been celebrated on June 1 since 1950 when it was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation, which was founded in Paris.
Whilst many countries observe the date, there are also countries that consider November 20 to be Universal Children's Day, a date declared by the United Nations.