Epiphany Celebrations in Germasogeia, Limassol
There are many festivals that take place on this magnificent Mediterranean island throughout the year that you really should experience on your holidays in Cyprus. This year in particular, we have a very special event occurring right on the doorstep of the Londa Beach Hotel.
Taking place on the shore alongside the Londa on the 6th January 2013 is a huge tradition in the Greek Orthodox Church known as the Epiphany or Theophany, meaning ‘vision of God’ and is celebrated on a number of Southern coastal towns in Cyprus. The event marks the revelation of God in the human form as Jesus Christ and falls on the last day of the twelve days of Christmas, starting on Christmas day and ending on Epiphany.
Here in Germasogeia, the local priest, together with the Mayor of Germasogeia and other officials will visit the breakwater on the beach of the Londa hotel to perform what is known as the ‘Great Blessing of Water’.
The blessing is performed before casting a large cross into the water, doves are released and boats sound their horns in recognition of the event. Local citizens are then invited to enter the water to recover the cross.
The first to return it to the priest receives a special blessing and it is believed that they and their family will be blessed with good luck for the remainder of the year. After mass the priest will visit local houses and sprinkle holy water on the people.
On the eve of Epiphany the cooking of ‘loukoumades’ is customary, a dessert similar to doughnuts which are thrown onto the roofs on Epiphany or Theophany day. This sweet desert is believed to feed the bugbears or evil spirits and encourage them to eat and go back to where they came from.
To Cypriots family, friends and festivals are taken extremely seriously. Famous for their friendly and fun-loving disposition they love to entertain visitors to the island, therefore, booking your holiday around one of the many wonderful festivals throughout the year is sure to make your Cyprus holiday unforgettable.
Furthermore, spend your holiday here with us at the Londa, recently voted the Meditteranean’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2012 and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime!
Contact us for more information about the Epiphany celebrations and look out for news of the many Festivals and events that will be taking place in and around Limassol throughout this coming New Year.
May we also take this opportunity to wish all of our customers past, present and future a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
We look forward to seeing you soon!