As in Cyprus as and in neighboring Greece, the inhabitants like to arrange holidays, festivals, carnivals. In addition to the national or religious celebrations there are their own local festivals in the towns and villages of the island, these celebrations is often extensive, colorful, and attracting guests from all over the island and many tourists.
Banks, shops, service firms are closed in public holidays (see. below), however, you can always find an exception in the resort regions.
January 1 - The New Year
This is a celebration with gifts, fun, fortune telling. On the eve of New Year Cypriots prepare a traditional dish - vasilopitta cake, in which lucky man can find a specially baked "coin of happiness."
January 6 - Epiphany (day of St. Epiphanius, or Phota)
Another name of the holiday is the Day of the Three Magi. The water is hallowed in the temples in this day. At the end of Mass the procession goes to the sea where the priest omits the cross into the water, and the participants of the holiday dive for him, symbolizing a purification ritual.
It is held 50 days before Easter and means the beginning of Great Lent. The islanders spend the day with family, friends, picnics and feasts.
March 25 - Greek National Day in Cyprus
Cypriots honor their close relationship with the Greek culture and history, and the holiday is celebrated in Cyprus, as in Greece.
April 1 - National holiday of Cyprus
In the history this day is associated with the beginning of the struggle of the Greek Cypriots against the British colonialists.
Procession is organized in all parts of the island on Friday at the Holy Week before Easter.
May 1 - Easter
It is the most important Orthodox holiday in Cyprus completing Great Lent. In 2016, Easter was on the first day of May. Traditionally people in Cyprus bake cake with cheese flauna and paint eggs for Easter. On the eve of the celebrate on Saturday the worshippers go to church to Mass.
May 1 - Labor Day
As in other countries, this day are demonstrations of workers, and after the official part there are festivities, fun, concerts.
Kataklysmos (Trinity) - Water Holiday
It is Orthodox holiday which takes place on the day of Pentecost (50 days after Easter). At holiday days of The Trinity the most important folk festival takes place in Cyprus, which includes many cultural events with folk dancing, folk theatrical performances, songs, games on the beach.
August 15th - Assumption
Holiday worships are in the monasteries of the island. For Cipriots this period is the season of vacations, and many people prefer to spend their vacation in the days of August, and they take part in the celebrations. On the night of August 15, religious procession is held and the Holy Virgin Shroud is taken out.
October 1 - Independence Day of Cyprus
This holiday is celebrated throughout the country on a large scale, a military parade is carried out at the Presidential Palace in the capital of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicosia. Mass celebrations and concerts is continued until the night.
October 28 - The Day of "Ohi" in Cyprus
It is Memorial Day of resistance of Greek and Cypriots in 1940 to Italian ultimatum of the Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas. The Greek word «όχι» means "no" and Greece has refused to capitulate using this national protest. The memory of repulse the fascist troops is honored in Greece and in Cyprus.
December 25 - Christmas
In Cyprus, Christmas is celebrated before the New Year. As in other countries, the Cypriots carefully prepare to this day. Towns and villages are immersed in the special atmosphere of a holiday, people make purchases, select gifts to friends and relatives. At the holiday Cypriots enjoy a generous table, which certainly must have meat dishes, Christmas cake, sweets.
Regional festivals and celebrations
The most colorful events are: