Smoky Thursday or Tsiknopempti is a day named after the smell of grilled lamb cooked on charcoal all over the island, just before the start of the carnival, very similar to Fat Tuesday.
Locals usually get together with colleagues at work to celebrate the feast, with many traditional Cypriot barbeque grills fired up on the side of the road.
Church tradition says people can eat anything they want on Tsiknopempti, before the start of Lent the following week, when believers aim to have a lean diet and self-control for the next 40 days.
But the cheer on Tsiknopempti continues the following week with the Carnival, traditionally celebrated en mass in Limassol but also in other cities on a smaller scale.
(Photos by Stefanos Kouratzis)