Colourful Culture



Colourful Culture
It is probably no surprise with a history so long, that Cyprus is remarkably rich in culture. Its importance has been honoured by UNESCO which has included nine of 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 be a colourful festival or homage to a saint on one of the numerous 'name' days.The 'Panigiri', a traditional open-air fete, takes place mainly in the villages on the occassion 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',the Spnng Flower festival, and. 'Kataklysmos' - the 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. 
Age-old crafts, handed down from one generation to another, are faithfully carried on to this day by skilful hands and nimble fingers, fashioning handicrafts, both decorative and useful, that would grace any home.The Greek Orthodox Church has been the mainstay of religion in Cyprus since the 1st century A.D., and in a society where the church continues to play an important role, old style values have been maintained and the family unit retains close-knit qualities that keep colourful customs alive, and underline the warmhearted character of Cyprus.

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