Cyprus Independence Day

Cyprus gained its independence from Great Britain in 1960, and that date has now been immortalized as Cyprus Independence Day in the nation. It is a holiday celebrated every October 1st. It is a public holiday for the general population, and most businesses and schools are closed in Cyprus on this day.

Cyprus is an island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and has been known since ancient times for its beautiful wines, succulent produce, and mineral wealth. It is also a country known for its innate beauty, which makes it a prime destination for tourists every year.

Fun Facts About Cyprus

We wanted to include some fun facts about Cyprus, so we rounded up the following facts for everyone interested in Cyprus’s birthday:

  • Cyprus is the third-largest and third most populous Mediterranean island.
  • Cyprus has water wells that are over 10,000 years old, making them the oldest in the world.
  • Cyprus was seized from the Persians by Alexander the Great in 333 B.C.
  • The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is said to have been born in Cyprus.
  • The world’s oldest named wine, “Commandaria,” originated in Cyprus 5,000 years ago.
  • There is a whole town in Cyprus that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Paphos.
  • A mixture of English, Turkish, and Greek is spoken on the island of Cyprus.
  • Over 370 species of migratory birds and 20 rare orchid species can be found on the island.
  • The most popular folk dance in Cyprus is the Syrtos.

Observing Cyprus Independence Day

This holiday is observed in Cyprus with several festivals held around the country, as well as a military parade in the capital city of Nicosia. People also visit Cyprus from around the world to enjoy the food, wine, and natural beauty on this day. People can use the hashtag #CyprusIndependenceDay on their social media accounts to wish Cyprus a happy birthday!

Where is it celebrated?
Cyprus (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 1 Sunday