Flood Festival - 3 Day Celebrations Splash Away! The time of the year has finally come again, to celebrate the "Kataklismos" Festival. Otherwise known as the "Flood Festival".... “Kataklismos”, the Flood Festival, is a festival with strong roots focusing primarily on water, it marks the day of the Holy Spirit and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost to the Apostles. The feast of the Pentecost or Whitsun is marked 50 days after Greek Orthodox Easter, but in Cyprus, the celebrations also hark back to the Old Testament tale of Noah’s Ark, where is rained for 50 days and 50 nights. the Greek myth of Deukalion and ancient ceremonies in honour of Aphrodite and Adonis. During this festival, all cities, especially the coastal ones, seize the opportunity to hold concerts and games near the waterfront, with stalls selling typical Cypriot/Greek foods and sweets. The celebrations are similar in most towns and include traditional folk dancing, singing, various swimming competitions, boat races, and of course the most fun of it all is throwing some water at each other! Yes!!! go to your nearest beach and splash away.... These celebrations usually last about three days, starting mainly on Saturday and ending late at night on Whit Monday. The people who on Saturday (“Psychosavato”) remember and celebrate the passing of their loved ones, to the heavens, must be cleaned and purified on Whit Monday, according to the thousand year-old custom of the Cypriote. On Whit Monday, the day of purification through water, children and adults alike throw water at each other all day long. In Coastal towns, Ayia Napa, Protaras etc , the archbishop or the bishop accompanied by the Christian Orthodox beleivers, proceeds to the coast where he throws the Cross into the sea for divers retrieve it, after the morning service at church. According to the Ancient Greeks the sea is considered as the best purying to the sould, means. The festival has great cultural significance, and during the three-day celebrations, contests are held for dancers, singers, and folk poets, particularly with their “tsiattismata”, traditional peotical phrase singing and word competing, The local poets’ competition draws a large crowd of people who listen carefully to the verses which are very often satirical and cause laughter among the audience.