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Christmas-New Year - Epiphany

Paphos - Cyprus Tradition

The traditional way of Christmas-New Year - Epiphany at Cyprus


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At Christmas stay at the big City and Easter go to the the village.
In Paphos Cristmas comes at the appropriate time for students to have their hollidays.
Since early December, there are great numbers of activities in the households of all villages in the preparations for the celebration of Christmas. General cleanliness of the house, dusting, arranging furniture, baking in the oven make the nuts, internal decoration and sometimes external walls and staircase preparetions. The Cristmas tree is decorated at all homes.

On Christmas Day people go to church and exchange greetings and Christmas kisses. Then everybody goes home and the whole family sits at the table and eat chicken, in a pleasant and happy festive family atmosphere.

At Eve Cristmas at hotels and entertainment places in Paphos there are a few surprises for the guests.

In the past few days before Christmas, people at villages make pig manufactured lountza, hams and sausages. The head and legs that made the popular Zalatina. Try the sausages in the tziminia (fireplace) to cooked slowly and you will enjoy this food.


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New Year's Eve the atrmosphere in Paphos is magic. At all homes people gathered early on and have fun playing cards, games, and enjoy meal.

On the afternoon of New Year's Eve, after dinner, the landlord takes the (vasilopita) Pie with the lucky coin. Whoever finds the piece of coin would be the lucky of the new year. Under the old Cypriot custom is when they returned from church at home had to put the right foot first on the door so as everything in the new year will be ok.


At the New Year's eveo played several card games in cafes and in home and drink zivania until the morning hours.


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On the Epiphany'eve , housewives were making xerotiana (dumplings) to eat with their families. And then threw on rooftops kalikatzaroi to eat and leave.
Kato Paphos is the sanctification of water during the winter swimmers fall in the icy waters of the harbor in Paphos to find the cross.

After the ending of the priests in the village turned into every home and sprinkle with holy water, accompanied by two children holding a bucket of holy water.

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