The Greek culture first became prominent in the running of the island in the 1400s. The Turkish culture arrived with the invasion of the Ottoman Empire in 1570, and it was under this rule that the divide between the two communities became prominent and encouraged by government policies
The first day of Carnival is a procession through the streets with dozens of decorated floats and one with a very special visitor. In the coming days there are numerous parties and parades, and everyone is celebrating.
The sound of church bells as the priest lights the candles all around him and turn light the candles of those who were behind. Soon, the church is bathed in candlelight and greets everyone else with the priest's words. Young people run for the fireworks, while the rate of people over his hand carefully down their sails and trying to get home on, as it is said to bring good luck to the family. Usually, family celebrations continue for three days and relatives living abroad I always try to get home for Easter in Cyprus.
The festival began in 1961 to help promote the wines of the island is the largest festivals in Cyprus.
Cyprus Anthem Text Lyrics I shall always recognise you By the dreadful sword you hold, As the earth, with searching vision, You survey, with spirit bold. 'Twas the Greeks of old whose dying Brought to birth our spirit free. Now, with ancient valour rising, Let us hail you, Oh Liberty! Now, with ancient valour rising, Let us hail you, Liberty, Now, with ancient valour rising, Let us hail you, Liberty!