Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cyprus Independence Day

Cyprus Independence Day is a public holiday in Cyprus that's celebrated on October 1.

Even though independence occurred in August, Cyprus celebrates their independence in October.  On August 16, 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from Britain and became an independent country, and Archbishop Makarios III served as the first Cypriot president.

The Cypriot flag is white with a map of the island in yellow with two olive tree branches.  The yellow is symbolic of copper, since Cyprus was famous for copper during ancient days.  The olive branches are symbolic of peace, since Cyprus has been ruled by an extensive amount of various empires throughout the centuries.

Cyprus Independence Day festivities primarily include military parades and festivals.

To view a list of the 2014 public holidays in Cyprus, please click HERE.  As the year progresses, plan to visit this blog to view updates and descriptions of the various Cypriot holidays.

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