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Carnival & Green Monday is Upon Us

It is carnival time in Cyprus!  The town crier announced the Carnival’s arrival all around Limassol spreading the word and setting the mood for a fun-filled time! Carnival was celebrated in ancient Greece and organized in honor of the god Dionysos. Ancient Greeks got dressed in various costumes, wore masks, played games and had feasts that lasted for days. The custom and traditions are still going...

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Cyprus Public Holidays

Now that the New Year is underway, everyone can start planning their Easter and Summer holidays! There are quite a few three day weekends that can also make for a nice break to Troodos or another part of Cyprus. You can expect that banks, government offices and most shops to be closed on the days listed below. Here is a list of the 2017 Public Holidays in Cyprus: 6 January: Epiphany (Friday) 27...

KATAKLYSMOS – Cyprus Festival of the Flood is Not To Be Missed!

The celebration of  Kataklysmos is a Greek Orthodox festival with strong pagan roots relating back to the Greek myth of Deukalion and the ark he built to survive the floods and ancient ceremonies between Aphrodite and Adonis. The festival also relates to the Old Testament tale of Noah’s ark. Kataklysmos is still celebrated with great passion every year all over Cyprus. The festivities take place 50 days...

Easter in Cyprus 2011 – It is nearly here!

The carnivals are over and Lent is almost over – a 40 day fasting period of no meat, poultry or dairy products is near the end. The bakeries accommodate those who fast by adding dairy-free, egg-free and meat-free pastries and cookies to their already vast array of goodies. Generally, fasting is followed more strictly in the villages of Cyprus than in the towns, but most restaurants and takeaways also...

Greek Cypriot National Day – April 1st

April 1st marks the independence of Cyprus from British colonial rule. EOKA started a guerrilla-style campaign against British colonial rule, which was aimed at self-determination and union with Greece, on April 1, 1955.  It is also known as EOKA Day and falls on April Fools Day or  "All Fools Day." Students from all over Cyprus attend church services on this day.  It is also a bank holiday so many...

St. Patrick’s Day in Paphos, Cyprus

Saint Patrick's Day is coming up this Thursday, March 17th. Saint Patrick was the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland and even though the day is a religious holiday it has become more of a secular celebration of the Irish culture. And although it is not a public holiday like it is in Ireland and a few other countries there are still many parties, parades, festivities, and green...

Green Monday Cyprus 2011 (Or “Clean Monday”)

Green Monday is a public holiday in Cyprus and Greece and it signifies the beginning of Lent and fasting before Easter - no meat products are consumed until Easter Sunday. After the costume parties, street parades and festivities that took place throughout Cyprus, Green Monday is a day where families and friends gather outdoors with a feast of traditional fasting foods such as a variety of fresh vegetables...

Cyprus Independence Day & Greek National Day – October 1st & 28th

Cyprus has many holidays and the next one is upon us, Cyprus Independence Day. The holiday is celebrated on the 1st of October every year.  Cyprus became an independent country after a four-year war from 1955 until 1959 against the British. Cyprus was a former British colony between 1878 until 1960. The island actually gained its Independence on August 16th,1960 although it is celebrated on the 1st of...

Easter in Cyprus

The carnivals are over and Lent is underway – a 40 day fasting period of no meat, poultry or dairy products. The bakeries accommodate those who fast by adding dairy-free, egg-free and meat-free pastries and cookies to their already vast array of goodies. Generally, fasting is followed more strictly in the villages of Cyprus than in the towns, but most restaurants and takeaways also add fasting dishes to...

Happy Holidays from Cyprus

As the year comes to an end, everyone looks back and reflects on how they did either financially or personally, what they did and what they will do differently in the coming year. Some just look forward to a new year and a fresh start - no looking back. As for me, I look back and reflect and I wouldn't change a thing. I had a good year in my business and personal life and look forward to more prosperous...

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