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Cyprus Festivals and Events

The major religious celebration of the year in Cyprus, when all members of the family join in together to celebrate. The main meal for Easter is souvla when the fast is really broken and chunks of mouthwatering meat are roasted on a spit in the spring sunshine.

Taken seriously by many Cypriots. Lent is a day when Christiants all over the world stop consuming meat, fish and dairy products for a period of 40 days.

Carnival Celebrations
Limassol is famous for its Carnival celebrations and processions. Look out for seasonal specialities such as pastry bourekia filled with mint flavour cheese and ravioli. Also sticky sweetmeats such as daktyla and kandaifi. Cypriots pack a picnic on this day and head for the countryside.

St.Basil's Day
Known as St.Basil's Day in Cyprus, this is a day for optimism, when Cypriots hope for a fruitful forthcoming year. A special cake Vasilopitta is baked by each family, and, when it is cut, the person who finds a coin in th slice is promised luck for the forthcoming year.

Cyprus, 6 January 2000
A holiday, when all Cypriots go to church to ask for a fruitful and prosperous year to come. Families gather and share a feast of mixed dishes. Loukoumades is the popular sweet of the day. At this time of year the citrus fruit is harvested and lorries loaded with oranges, tangerines, lemons and grapefruit make their way to the ports.

Wine Festival
Municipal Gardens, September 2000
Lemesos holds its 10-day Wine Festival. Wineries compete with extravagant stands in the Municipal Gardens, presenting grape pressings and hosting music and dance performances. Each evening, from 6 to 11, new wines are offered free to guests.

25th December 2000
Christmas, in the past every family would slaughter a pig and the fresh meat was salted, cured or smoked to last through the winter. Nowadays, Cypriot Christmas cake is the basic recipe which has been adapted to suit locals.


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