Cyprus: Paphos Flower Festival draws thousands to celebrate spring

Thousands of people participated in the annual Flowers Festival of Paphos, an event that has been organized for over a century in the city.

People holding bunches of flowers marched to the tunes of the Paphos Philharmonic Orchestra to the town hall square where they watched a program of singing and acting.

Paphos Mayor Phedon Phedonos pointing out that the Flower Festival, which has been organized by the city continuously for 104 years, dedicated this year's event to the mothers, on the occasion of Mother's Day.

In the minds of most people, the flower festival is connected to May, when all the flowers are in full bloom, and is an event to celebrate spring at its peak.

But as the marshal of the event noted, the Flower Festival, or Athesteria in Greek, literally meaning celebration of flowers, was organized in classical Athens, and many other city-states, in honor of god Dionysos, who was considered to be the god of spring and the re-birth of nature, merriment and wine.

For this reason, Dionysos was the god people loved most, as made manifest by the many Dionysian Feasts held in his honor.

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