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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 shops and businesses will be closed on that day. To learn more about the history of this holiday in Cyprus and EOKA (Greek for ‘National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters’) see Wikipedia’s link below which provides a detailed history of the events and people involved.

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Published Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:50 AM by Cleo Shahateet

Filed under: Eoka, Greek Cypriot National Day, April holidays Cyprus, Bank holiday Cyprus

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