Cyprus National Day

Cyprus National Day Quick Facts - CY

AKA NameGreek Cypriot National Day, EOKA Day, Εθνική Ημέρα Κύπρου
Hashtags#CyprusNationalDay, #Cypriots, #SmartBelCyprus
2023 Date1 April 2023
2024 Date1 April 2024
Cyprus National Day

Cyprus National Day (EOKA Day) History

Cyprus National Day seeks to commemorate the start of the insurgence against the British in 1955. It commemorates the effort and struggle for freedom that the island endured in fight for freedom. Today, the holiday is largely a day of rest and relaxation for the people of Cyprus.

Cyprus National Day differs from Cyprus Independence Day. Cyprus National Day commemorates the struggle for freedom while Cyprus Independence Day celebrates the actual gaining of sovereignty. Cyprus National Day is always celebrated on 1 April, marking the day that Cypriots began fighting against the British.

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Cyprus National Day Facts & Quotes

  • Cyprus’ campaign against the British lasted for four years. It was not until 1960 that a ceasefire was reached and that Cyprus gained its independence.
  • On this day, shops and businesses close and people attend church services to remember the efforts of the people who fought to secure Cyprus’ independence.
  • In the days leading up to Cyprus National Day, teachings and events take place in schools so that children can be made aware of the nation’s history and the islands struggle for freedom.
  • Cyprus was only independent for 4 years before Turkey tried to invade Cyprus in response to violence against Turkish Cypriots. The only reason they were halted was because of a strongly-worded letter from the US President.
  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. – Martin Luther King, JR, leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Cyprus National Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Rest, relax and throw a lunch or dinner party. Enjoy typical Cypriot dishes such as Meze (like tapas), souvla (any meat on pita bread), or Kleftiko (lamb with lemon juice).
  • Watch a movie or TV show that relates to the struggle for freedom and independence. Some of our favourites are: The Kitchen Toto (1988), Band of Brothers (2001), Mandela and DeKlerk (1997), Braveheart (1995), and 300 (2006).
  • Attend a local church service. It is a good way to engage with the community, feel spiritually-enriched and reflect on the holiday with a group of like-minded people.
  • Read a book about the struggle for freedom in Cyprus. Some of our favourites are: The Cyprus Conspiracy, Journey Into Cyprus, and The Cypriot.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #CyprusNationalDay, #CypressFreedomDay, #CyprusisFree and #RemembertheStruggle.

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