Public Holidays in Cyprus

Public & National Holidays
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Public and National Holidays

After being there for years , we noticed that Cypriots are very well proud of their traditions and customs, a heritage of years and years back in the days. Part of the traditions and customs of Cypriots are reflected through their public holidays and can be best observed in ceremonies and special events.

Around 20 public holidays take place and are celebrated in Cyprus, in which we mention the most widely celebrated ones:

January 1st, 2007,New Year’s Day: New Years Day. The end of year 2006 and the start of New Year 2007

January 6th, 2007, Epiphany: Full of symbols and traditions, Cypriots celebrate as well as Christians all over the world Jesus baptism in the Jordan River by John The Baptist. It is one of the very ancient church celebrations. That is when the Holy Spirit appeared as a dove and sat on Jesus, while from above the voice of God was indicating Him as His beloved Son and His Chosen on Earth.

February 19th, 2007, Green Monday: Fifty days before Christian Orthodox is called the Green Monday. And its is the mark of the beginning of the Lent. Picnics with vegetarian  meals and Fancy clothes are the very common characteristics of this orthodox feast . The start of orthodox fasting.

March 25th, 2007, Greek National Day: The Greek National Revolution Day against the Turks.

April 1st, 2007 Cypriot National Day

April 6th, 2007Greek Orthodox Good Friday: On this day, Christians remember the day when Jesus was crucified on the cross.

April 8th, 2007 Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday

April 9th, 2007 Greek Orthodox Easter Monday.

May 1st, 2007, Labor Day.

May 27th, 2007 (White Sunday) Pentecost (Kataklysmos) . Festival of The Flood:. the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday. Which is 10 days after the ascension.

May 28th, 2007 (whit) Monday ; the celebration day after whit Sunday –Pentecost:

August 15th, 2007, Assumption. Assumption Day is a religious festival that celebrates the Virgin Mary’s ascent to heaven

October 1st, 2007 Cyprus Independence Day. Cyprus became an independence country after a four year war (1955-1959) against the British.

October 28th, 2007Ochi day (Greek and Cypriot) : the anniversary of General Ioannis Metaxas’ flat denial to the Italians’ request for free passage to invade Greece.

December 24th-26th, 2007 Christmas.

December 25th, 2007 Christmas day

December 26th , 2007, St. Stephens Day:

It is essential at this point to attach that on most celebrations of the stated above, everything in Cyprus closes and is considered to be a public day off. Yet, on some days things are kept open. Let’s have a fast look at when things are closed and when they are open.

New Years Day Closed
Epiphany Closed
Greek National Day Open
Greek Cypriot National Day Open
Good Friday Closed
Easter Sunday Closed
Easter Monday Open
Labor Day Shops Open / Others Close
Pentecost Open
Assumption Day Closed
Cyprus Independence Day Closed
Ochi Day Closed
Christmas 25-26 Closed

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