Cypriot Culture

Dates of Significance

The Republic of Cyprus

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • Epiphany – Phota (6th of January)
  • Limassol Carnival Festival (50 days before Easter, lasting 10 days)
  • First Day of Lent – Green Monday (7th Monday before Easter)
  • Greek Independence Day (25th of March)
  • Greek Cypriot National Day (1st of April) 
  • Easter – Pasha (Varies each year)
  • May Day – Anthestiria (1st of May)
  • Pentecost Monday – Kataklysmos (50 days after Easter)
  • Dormition of the Theotokos – Assumption of Virgin Mary (15th of August)
  • Cyprus Independence Day (1st of October)
  • Greek National Day – Ochi Day (28th of October)
  • Feast of Saint Nicholas (6th of December)
  • Christmas Eve (24th of December)
  • Christmas Day (25th of December)
  • New Year’s Eve (31st of December)


The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

  • New Year’s Day – Yılbaşı (1st of January)
  • Muhammad’s Birthday – Mevlud (Varies each year)
  • Turkish National Sovereignty and Children’s Day – Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı (23rd of April)
  • Labour Day – İşçi ve Bahar Bayramı (1st of May)
  • Atatürk Commemoration and Youth & Sports Day – Atatürk'ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı (19th of May)
  • Peace and Freedom Day – Barış ve Özgürlük Bayramı (20th of July)
  • Social Resistance Day – Ulusal Direniş Bayramı (1st of August)
  • Victory Day – Cumhuriyet Bayramı (30th of August)
  • Turkish National Day (29th of October)
  • Republic Day – Cumhuriyet Bayramı (15th of November)
  • Ramadan – Şeker Bayram/Ramazan Bayram (Varies each year)
  • Feast of the Sacrifice – Kurban Bayram (Varies each year)

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