Fairy festival a celebration of spring
Originally, the season was called ‘springing-time’: a reference to plants ‘springing’ from the ground (as opposed to fall – the original term for autumn; turns out the Americans have this one right! – when gravity kicks in). Then it was shortened to ‘spring-time’. And now we have spring! But it’s not just the greenery that’s on the up and up: this time of year sees a whole host of events springing into being, starting with CyHerbia’s annual celebration of the season…
Now in its fourth year, the CyHerbia Botanical Park’s Fairy Festival is a carnival of merriment; a fete of magical moments in which imagination rules okay and whimsy is king. Billed as ‘a celebration of spring’ the festival takes place on April 6 and 7, with ‘faeries, princes and princesses, knights, pixies and pirates, gathering round’ in a salute to the new season.
“At this time of year Nature dresses herself in wild flowers and lush green foliage, so what better way to celebrate all this new growth than to join her?” asks Miranda Tringis, founder and owner of CyHerbia and the creative mind behind the park’s many events. “People love to experience something new,” she continues, “and whereas fairy festivals have been popular fantasy events in the UK and the US for years now, it’s a fairly new concept for Cyprus. But it is,” she adds, “an event which has been heartily embraced by the Cypriot public.”