Colorful Culture

It is probably no surprise with a history so long, that Cyprus is remarkably rich in culture. Its importance has been honored by UNESCO, which has included nine if the island's Byzantine mountain churches and the entire town of Kato Pafos in its World Cultural Heritage List.

Wherever you tread in Cyprus you are reminded of a strong tradition that is kept alive from generation to generation through the many events, which are celebrated.

Hardly a week goes by in Cyprus without a celebration of some sort, whether it is a colorful festival or homage to a saint on one of the numerous 'name' days. 'Panigiri', a traditional open-air fete, takes place mainly in the villages on the occasion of a saint's name day.

Easter the most important Greek Orthodox religious event, is celebrated with Solemnity, joy and hope.

Carnival is one of the best known Cypriot celebrations, along with 'Anthestiria', Spring Flower festival, and 'Kataklysmos', festival of the Flood, which coincides with Pentecost. Throughout the year, there are also exhibitions, concerts, drama and folk festivals.

Cypriot culture is also reflected in the rich folk art of the island. Skilful hands and nimble fingers, fashioning handicrafts, both decorative and useful, that would grace any home, faithfully carry on age-old crafts, handed down from one generation to another, to this day.

The Greek Orthodox Church has been the mainstay of religion in Cyprus since the 1st century A.D., that keep colorful customs alive, and underline the warmhearted character of Cyprus.


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