Independence Day

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2019 Date1 October 2019
2020 Date1 October 2020
Cyprus Independence Day

Cyprus Independence Day History

Cyprus Independence Day celebrates Cyprus’ independence from Britain. Between 1878 and 1960, Cyprus was a British colony but after 5 long years of war, it gained its independence. This holiday recognises the agreement granted Cyprus its independence. The agreement between Greece, Turkey, Britain and Cyprus, was signed in Zurich and came into effect on 1 October, 1960. The island is currently split between a northern Turkish area and a southern Greek area.

Cyprus Independence Day is celebrated on 1 October annually, a day that marks its official independence from Britain. It was celebrated for the first time in 1963.

Cyprus Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • During the months that preceded the signing of the agreement that eventually granted Cyprus its independence in 1960, the Cyprus flag was designed and accepted by the President and Vice-President.
  • Cyprus is an island that is located in the east Mediterranean and is home to over 1.1 million people. Turkish and Greek are its official languages.
  • Cyprus is home to Commanderia, the world’s oldest wine still in production. It is believed to have been christened by crusading 13th century nights and have first been made for the first time in 800BC. It is still being made today.
  • Cyprus has been ruled by many empires over the centuries. It has been ruled by the Ottoman, Byzantine, Greek, Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian and Phoenician empires.
  • Cyprus was a breath away from economic collapse. It was a big battle in which we came out wounded, but upright and determined to make a fresh start. – Nicos Anastasiades, Cypriot politician and President of Cyprus since 2013.

Cyprus Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Create your own Cyprus flag as an arts and crafts activity with the kids or with friends. Bring it around with you all day and compare to see who has made the most creative one. The Cyprus flag is a major feature of the Independence Day celebrations
  • Watch a movie about or set in Cyprus. Some of our favourites are: Akamas (2006), Committed (2014), and Beloved Days (2015).
  • Get some fireworks together with your family and friends and set them off in your backyard (if there is room) or somewhere that is authorised. Fireworks are a staple of Independence Day.
  • Attend the large military parade in the capital of Nicosia. You will see many prominent figures and there are loads of activities for everyone of every age.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtag #CyprusIndependenceDay #CyprusStrongandFree, #CyprusDay and #HappyBirthdayCyprus.

Cyprus Independence Day References and Related Sites

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