Cyprus gained its independence from Great Britain in 1960, and that date has now been immortalized as Cyprus Independence Day in that nation. A holiday that’s celebrated every October 1st. It’s 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’s also a country that’s 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’ birthday:
- Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous Mediterranean island.
- Cyprus has water wells that are over 10,000-years old. That makes 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 supposed to have been born on Cyprus.
- The world’s oldest named wine “Commandaria” was born in Cyprus 5,000-years ago.
- There’s a whole town in Cyprus that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That town is Paphos.
- There’s a mixture of English, Turkish and Greek spoken on the island of Cyprus.
- Over 370 species of migratory birds and 20 rare orchid species can be found on this island.
- The most popular folk dance in Cyprus is the Syrtos.
Observing Cyprus Independence Day
This holiday is observed in Cyprus with a number of festivals being held around the country, as well as a military parade in Cyprus’ 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 also use the hashtag #CyprusIndependenceDay on their social media accounts to wish Cyprus a happy birthday!
When is Cyprus Independence Day?
|This year (2022)||October 1 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||October 1 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||October 1 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|