Stroumbi

Stroumbi is located about 15 kilometres north-east of Pafos.
The village is built at an average altitude of 450 metres and receives an average annual rainfall of about 665 millimetres. Vines of mostly wine-making varieties, fruit-trees, almond, olive, and walnut trees are cultivated in its region.
The village stands at about the middle of the route from Pafos (17 km.) to Polis Chrysochous (20 km.)
The village's old position was found about one kilometre north of today's settlement. The great earthquakes that hit Pafos in 1953 destroyed the village almost entirely. The old village was abandoned and today's settlement was constructed in a safer venue. Some of the village's inhabitants returned to the old village and inhabited it when their children got married. Two communities -with separate Local Authorities for each one -were created again with the passage of time. After the conversion of Local Authorities to Community Councils, the two Local Authorities decided to integrate for the benefit of the inhabitants. The Council of Ministers approved their request and so, today, a single Community Council operates.

The village has existed since mediaeval times under the same name. It is found marked in old maps under the name Strombi. De Mass Latri includes the village in the privately owned feuds of the Frank Domination era
Tradition reports that the village took its name from the area that the old village was built in, which was located in a "chubby" -in Greek, stroumboulos -area just like the surrounding region. Another version reports that the village belonged to a person named Stroumbis. "Stroumbis" implies a short and chubby person that resembled a "stromvos" (whirligig).
Since ancient times, the village was renowned for its wines of excellent quality. Thus it is no accident that the village's inhabitants established -since August 1982 -their annual festival, named "Dionuysia" in honour of the ancient Greek God Dionysus
The community of Stroumbi, utilising its tradition as one of the largest, qualitative wine-making villages of Cyprus and wanting to offer to both locals and foreigners the opportunity of being acquainted with the pleasure and taste of grapes and wine, is celebrating -every year in the month of August -the grapes' festival "Ta Dionysia". The festival is a great success every year and it is considered the most important event throughout the summer that takes place in the region.
The institution of the "Dionysia" festival has its roots in 1967 when a group of onward-looking people from the community established the "Dance of the Grape", which was organised in the village's plaza and lasted for a day.
Ten years later, the "Dionysia" Festival started being organised in the venue where it still takes place The community of Stroumbi, utilising its tradition as one of the largest, qualitative wine-making villages today and has taken the form of a three-day festival.
The festival in question lasts for three days and has an orchestra, an area for eating and drinking, games, and dancing. Cypriot and foreign groups with traditional dances and singers appear. Also, displays of folkloric art, painting, handicrafts, fruits, vine-produce, and flowers are organised -as well as other -which receive prizes. Throughout the duration of the Festival, plenty of grapes and "palouze" (must jelly) are offered for free
On the last night of every Festival, a Star "Dionysia" and a Miss Grape are voted after a dance contest, receiving lavish gifts

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