For the 38th year in succession, Güzelyurts Orange Festival started again on Friday. As usual there was a grand parade, with the mayor Mahmut Özcinar, in the forefront, which travelled through Güzelyurt and ended at the great festival site. On site there were so many visitors that I got the feeling that half of Cyprus was there! In the market stalls you could buy beautiful souvenirs, try your luck at archery, eat kebabs and other tasty local foods and of course taste the deliciously sweet orange juice, freshly squeezed from local oranges.
Güzelyurt is Northern Cyprus’ main citrus district, which harvests one million kilograms of oranges every year, and the annual orange festival each summer is the highlight of the year.
This year’s festival (which in Turkish is called Portakal Festival) will take place from 26th June to 12th July. Each day will offer a packed program with famous artists and local talents, with performances to suit all ages. The Orange festival is a great festival and a must to visit!
Friday evening’s opening ceremony was attended among others by the Northern Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı. From the big stage we were treated to a fire show and traditional Cypriot dancing, and the evening ended with a huge fireworks show which surely could be seen all the way from Nicosia.
For more information, please visit the Orange Festival’s website: www.guzelyurtfestival.org