Almond Tree Blossom Festivals
For every Cypriot product, plenty of events are being organized every year in the island. One of the most famous, is the celebration of the Blooming Almond Tree, which takes place in February in two villages: Limnatis and Giolou. Limnatis is a picturesque, quiet community in the region of Lemesos that produces Commandaria, Zivania and other derivatives of grape juice such as soutzoukos and palouzés, while Giolou is one of the wine producing villages of Pafos district.
Limnatis owes its fame to the almond trees that surround the village. Almonds are produced in many areas of Cyprus since ancient times and have been cultivated since the times of the Roman Empire, but the largest production takes place in Limnatis.
The best time to admire the blossomed almond trees is mid-January and February. During these two months the nature’s beauty is richly rewarding and offers vivid memories to all visitors.
If you see pink blossoms during your visit in the area it means you are looking at sweet almond, which is used for pastries and to cook local sweets. White colour indicates bitter almond, which is used in soft drinks, some kinds of liqueurs as well as aromatherapy.
According to the Greek mythology, once upon a time there was a beautiful princess, Phyllis, from Thraki (Greece) who fell in love with Theseus’ son, Dimofontas. The two young people met when the boat of the young Athenian Dimofontas was returning from Troy. They got married, but after a while the young Athenian missed his homeland and the princess in love. Phyllis couldn’t bear seeing him sad, so she let him go back thinking that Dimofontas would return if he really loved her, and if he was doing so, only then he would be honestly hers.
Phyllis being so much in love, was left alone waiting for her chosen one for years until she withered and hung herself from a tree. The tree held her soul and since then it has not shed its leaves or blossomed again.
Once with the snow of January, the son of Theseus returned. As soon as he learned about the tragic loss of his beloved princess, he went to the tree and hugged it, which then began to produce tender leaves and flowers. The soul of the princess felt joy with the return of Dimofontas but did not take her human form again. It remained a tree and every year in January, it is decorated with white flowers.
Thus, the almond tree became a symbol of hope, showing that love cannot be defeated by death.
The programme of the annual Festival of the Blooming Almond Tree of Limnatis and Giolou includes shows of traditional dances and songs, demonstration of making soumada (almond cordial) and amigdaloto (almond dessert) as well as presentations of traditional professions.
The event attracts many visitors and locals, and everyone is offered soumada, amigdaloto, as well as local wine and zivania for free. The Festivals are full of activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, celebrating nature’s beauty and local traditions. New smells, new tastes and new experiences for visitors and tourists.
Apart from the natural beauties of these two villages, today’s visitors will be enchanted by the rich and attractive scenery surrounding it. Wonderful little places which are quiet, warm, friendly, with amazing food and delights, altogether creating an unforgettable experience.
When: 19/02/2023 Time: 11:00 – 16:00
Venue: Limnatis’ Communal Football Stadium
For further info: +357 25432922 / +357 99687265
Transportation is offered from Dasoudi area – Lemesos: Price: 5 euros, Res: +357 99329879
When: 19/02/2023 Time: 11:00
Venue: Primary school
For further info: +357 26632472
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