‘Kalo Pascha’ in Larnaka!
With Greek Orthodox and Western Easter falling on the same day this year, those visiting Larnaka over their Easter holidays will get to also experience the local customs during this period.
Easter Sunday is on April 16, but the Greek Orthodox marking of the occasion encompasses the weeks leading up to Easter too, as well as the ‘main events’ of Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (April 17).
Larnaka town celebrates its patron saint Agios Lazaros (Saint Lazarus) each year with unique events, which will take place on April 08 this year. The first event will be traditional Easter games in the courtyard of the church from 10.30am – 1.30pm. Prizes will be given to the winners of the sack race, tug-of-war, egg-and-spoon and other games, whilst a collection for needy families will also take place.
The second event will be a special mass held in memory of Larnaka’s patron saint, who came to Cyprus after being resurrected by Jesus, followed by a two-and-a-half hour procession of the saint’s icon through the streets of Larnaka in the early evening. The procession will start from the church (at the beginning of the town centre), and pass through all the major streets of the commercial centre.
If you would like to experience a more ‘cosy’ Easter, the villages of Larnaka region all hold traditional celebrations for Easter Monday, which is a day when locals get-together to play games and celebrate.
Voroklini, Lefkara, Kiti and Pervolia will all hold their own Easter Monday celebrations, which are complimentary to attend and take place in the afternoon/early evening. A typical event consists of folk music and dances, and games such as egg and spoon, sack races and tug-of-war, with some villages also offering complimentary refreshments and snacks.
For more information on the villages' programmes, visit the LTB website Event Calendar for April.