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Easter Traditions in Cyprus

Paphos - Cyprus Tradition

Easter Traditions in Cyprus- how the Cypriots live Easter

Easter in Cyprus is the most important event for the Cristian church. It is the symbol of human rebirth.

The days before Easter, housewives in the villages of Paphos will do the general cleaning of the house.
The big week begins after the Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday: On this day the housewives get olive branches to church to stay there until the day of Pentecost, when the olive sanctified and will take home their smoking. Smoking is believed that removes all evil and jealousy in the family.

easter epitaph

On Holy Thursday they dye red eggs that will crack after the Resurrection.
On Maundy Thursday, the images of the iconostasis covered in black mourning clothes. That evening in the church erected on a table model of the cross with Christ on the right and left and put a dummy of the Apostle John and the mother of Christ.

On Good Friday to prepare the nuts and the bread as well as the famous "flaounes" tsiourekia, chaloumopittes, eliopittes and Pascies.

On Good Friday morning is the decoration of the epitaph. Girls and young singing the Lamentation and three girls dressed Mirofores sprinkled Christ with myrrh fragrance and flowers. In the evening the procession of the epitaph on the main street of the village.

On Saturday morning during the operation and when the priest will say "breath of God" believers will beat the pews and black clothes covering the images will fall.

In the villages people go to church and worship the holy cross and hear the 12 gospels, for the passion, crucifixion and death of Christ.

Around 11:00 p.m. joyful beat the bells to call all Christians to go to happier mode of Christianity. Before starting the operation had first to gather all the villagers in the church or a relative or neighbor to explain his absence someone.

easter meal

From the outside in the courtyards of churches is on the "Lampratzia. At midnight the priest says "Come receive the light from the light anasperou" while out of the church with the chanters on the procession. Everyone lit candles and the candles from the holy light of the Resurrection and go all out. There, the priest will say good reason and they all sing "Christ is risen.

After the Mass of Resurrection, people return to their homes with candles lit by the Holy Light which will continue for 40 days. The house will clink red eggs wishes saying: "CHRIST IS RISEN", "TRULY HE IS RISEN." Trachana eat soup or eggs and egg-lemon flaounes.

On Sunday will bake the traditional "Lamb on the spit" and enjoy the great day of Easter together. In the afternoon, the Community Council organizes various events in the village square, which include traditional games. These events continue in village squares where they organize games on Easter Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after Easter.

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