Cultural heritage of Cyprus - Cyprus
Traditions & Hospitality.
Information about culture,
hospitality and traditions of the island of Cyprus
Cyprus cultural heritage - 10,000 years
of Cyprus history make it impossible
to even begin to describe the Cypriot culture. Ten millennia of history
has left its mark allover the island of Cyprus, in the hundreds of archaeological
sites scattered around Cyprus. To name but a few, the ancient amphitheaters
of Curium outside of Limassol and of Paphos where even now, during the
summer months, concerts and plays still take place, the neolithic settlement
of Hirokitia, the tens of Byzantine churches dotted around the island,
the antiquities of Paphos, the sanctuary of Aphrodite ...
Cyprus culture today
- The government and people of Cyprus are today actively and intensely
promoting the Cypriot culture and making it available to all. Art, literature,
music, traditional dance, theater, cinema are some aspects where particular
emphasis is placed., especially in the forms of
Cyprus customs and traditions
- Apart from the many religious customs and traditions that can be traced
back to the origins of Greek Orthodoxy and are evident during Easter,
Christmas, the festival of the flood (kataklysmos), Saint Paul's feast
and other religious celebrations, there are many more relating to music
dancing and wine.
For example the Wine Festival of Limassol
taking place every year during the month of September, where wine is
free flowing for ten to twelve days. Where music and dance
are concerned, Cyprus has quite distinct traditions from those of Greece.
Traditional Cypriot costumes, dancing face to face or in a group, accompanied
by violin or flute music, is the norm.
- Cypriots are known worldwide for the genuine and sincere hospitality
and friendliness. The words Kalosorisate (Welcome!)
and Kopiaste (Come join us!) are in every Cypriots
tip of the mouth whether you are a stranger or whether you are known
The welcoming spirit of Cyprus is evident all over and it is one of
the main factors that so many visitors to the island of Cyprus will
return again and again.