The Famagusta Initiative together with Famagusta-Our Town groups are organising a bicommunal event titled ‘Oranges in the Sea’ on the shores by the closed-off city of Varosha this Sunday in support of reunification and peace in Cyprus.
The event, which will make a re-ference to the pre-1974 orange festivals in Famagusta, will begin in the morning with a religious service at the Ayios Georgios (Xorinou) church within the walled city.
The Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot participants of the event will then proceed to the Palm Beach shore where they will release 42 paper boats in yellow, orange and green to the sea.
Forty-two symbolises the number of years since the division and the yellow, orange and green colours symbolise the colours of citrus colours, the organisers said. The participants will also decorate an old Famagusta orange festival float with oranges; the float is an original that had been used during the pre-division festivals.
A children’s choir will sing songs in Turkish and Greek, and a human chain will be formed along the shore to call for peace and unification.
Some 500 Greek Cypriots are expected to come from Limassol, Nicosia, Larnaca and Paralimni to participate in the event.