Easter in cyprus 2012 it is almost here!

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http://www.cyprus101.com/ As Easter draws near, an air of festivity envelops the towns and villages. During Holy Week (the week preceding Easter Sunday) there is a flurry of church-going, shopping for new clothes and baking.

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Easter in cyprus 2012 it is almost here!

  1. 1. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here! By Cyprus Propertywww.cyprus101.com
  2. 2. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here!The carnivals are over and Lentis almost over – a 40 day fastingperiod of no meat, poultry ordairy products is near the end.The bakeries accommodatethose who fast by adding dairy-free, egg-free and meat-freepastries and cookies to theiralready vast array of goodies. www.cyprus101.com
  3. 3. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here!Generally, fasting is followed more strictly in the villages ofCyprus than in the towns, but most restaurants andtakeaways also add fasting dishes to their menus duringthis period. www.cyprus101.com
  4. 4. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here! As Easter draws near, an air of festivity envelops the towns and villages. During Holy Week (the week preceding Easter Sunday) there is a flurry of church-going, shopping for new clothes and baking. www.cyprus101.com
  5. 5. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here!The smell of the traditionalCypriot flaounescooking,combined with the heady scentof orange blossoms in the airand the sound of singing whichemanates from the churches,creates an atmosphere of expectation - a feeling thatsomething good is just around the corner. www.cyprus101.com
  6. 6. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here! Easter is the most important religious holiday in the Greek Orthodox Church. The date of Greek Orthodox Easter is based on a modified Julian calendar. In 2012 Greek Orthodox Easter will be on April 15th. www.cyprus101.com
  7. 7. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here!Thursday of Holy Week is whenthe wonderful aromas begin towaft out onto the streets as thisis traditionally the day whenhousewives start preparing theflaounes (small loaves made offlour, eggs, cheese, mint andsometimes raisins). These are shaped into triangles,sprinkled with sesame seeds then baked in the oven. www.cyprus101.com
  8. 8. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here! Tiropites (small cheese pies in puff pastry), paskies (small meat pies) and koulouria (biscuits made of milk, flour, spices and sugar) are also prepared. Eggs are hard boiled and dyed red in preparation for games on Sunday. Everywhere is a hive of activity. www.cyprus101.com
  9. 9. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here!On the Friday morning beforeEaster (Good Friday or “GreatFriday” as it is called in Greek)families, carrying flowers,gather in the churches. Theflowers are collected and usedby young girls to decorate theEpitafios (Holy Sepulchre) during the service. TheEpitafios is afour-post litter with a canopy in which the icon of Christ isplaced. www.cyprus101.com
  10. 10. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here! Early Friday evening a solemn service is held in all churches where the decorated Epitafios is carried into the streets, for a short procession, then returned to the church for a continuation of the service. On Easter Saturday two services are held in church - one in the early morning and another at 11 p.m. www.cyprus101.com
  11. 11. Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here!Before the 11 p.m. service, which iscalled "The Ceremony of theResurrection," church bells peal outin the villages and towns of Cypruscalling everyone to come andcelebrate the resurrection of Christ.Huge bonfires are lit in thechurchyards and slowly people begin to gather there. Everyperson carries a large unlit lampada (candle) and there is ageneral feeling of excitement in the air. www.cyprus101.com
  12. 12. Thank You Easter in Cyprus 2012 - It is Almost Here! Please visithttp://www.cyprus101.com/blogs/cleo_shahateet /archive/2012/03/11/easter-in-cyprus-2012-it-is- almost-here.aspx For more details. Cyprus Property @ www.cyprus101.com

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