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Orange Festival in Güzelyurt!

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

Orange Festival Güzelyurt Northern Cyprus
Mayor Mahmut Özcinar walked in the parade through Güzelyurt.
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Roundabouts were adorned with oranges!

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apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

Orange Festival Güzelyurt Northern Cyprus
On the festival site were a lot of visitors.

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apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

Orange festival guzelyurt north cyprus
We found cute costumes with fruit themes!

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apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

Orange Festival Güzelyurt Northern Cyprus
We were treated to freshly squeezed orange juice
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A box can be used for many things!

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apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

Orange festival guzelyurt north cyprus
Time for the fireworks show.

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apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

apelsin festival güzelyurt norra cypern

 

About Maria Eriksson 1608 Articles
Maria likes to express her-self in both image and text. Having previously lived and worked in Australia specializing in wedding and portrait photography. Maria desires to see and experience new and interesting places with new eyes, and therefore is often on the move. On trips she brings inspiration and ideas for image making. Recently, Maria worked with property photography for various brokerage firms in Sweden. Since March 2014, she resides in North Cyprus.