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Weddings & Funerals
Weddings in Cyprus are like big Greek weddings 1,000 is considered a small wedding bride and groom get ready separately and wedding usually starts in the morning but the ceremony doesn’t start till 4pm musicians play music around the houses as the maid of honor and best man helps the people get ready. The best man slaves the groom and dresses him A red piece of material will be tied and untied around the waist of the bride and groom which several times, which is a sign of fertility. Like in US weddings, confetti or rice is thrown over the couple as they leave the church. Then the cocktail hour happens where guests give the people money.
In Greek Orthodox religion, the period of mourning is 40 days, however there are several memorial days, marked on the third day, the ninth day, the fortieth day, six months, and one year after the death. Family members may choose to wear black for the 40 day mourning period and many widows or widowers, especially the older generations, will wear only black after their partner has passed.
- . Shake hands, smile, and maintain direct eye contact during the greeting.
- . Many Turkish Cypriots lower their eyes during the greeting as a sign of respect.
- . Very religious Muslims do not shake hands with women.
- . Wait to be invited before using someone's first name.
- . At small social gatherings, your hosts will introduce you to the other guests.
- . Say goodbye to each person individually when leaving.
Dining etiquette - If you are invited to a Cypriot's house:
- . Shake hands with everyone when arriving and leaving.
- . Offer to help the hostess with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served.
- . Complement the house.
- . Table manners are Continental -- the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.
- . The oldest person and guest of honour are generally served first.
- . Do not begin eating until the hostess starts.
- . Pass dishes with your right hand only.
- . Expect to be offered second and even third helpings.
- . If you have not finished eating, cross your knife and fork on your plate with the fork over the knife.
- . Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of your plate.
In October in 1940, when Hitler wanted to take over Greece, they said “Ochi.. No!” in Greek. That is what brought Greeks into the war on the allied side. So today, on October 28th they have military and regular parades and Greek Orthodox churches have special services.
March 25th- Greek National Day (commemorating the 1821 start of the struggle for independence from the Ottomans in Greece)
October 1st- Independence Day (commemorating the 1960 creation of the Republic of Cyprus)
Food is at the centre of many customs and traditions in Cyprus, starting with the regular family meals. These are centered around the Souvla a Cypriot style barbecue, where large pieces of pork are slowly cooked on a rotating spit for up to 3 hours. Souvla is often eaten on a Sunday. Fresh salad and plain yogurt accompany most meals, which usually consist of vegetables cooked in various ways and includes what is known by both communities as yahni (with olive oil, tomatoes and onions). When people eat out they often order meze, a large collection of small dishes starting with various dips and salads and ending with grilled meat or fish.
Souvla a Cypriot style barbecue, where large pieces of pork are slowly cooked on a rotating spit for up to 3 hours. Souvla is often eaten on a Sunday. At Easter, Cypriots make a specific type of bread or pastry called Flaouna which is made to celebrate the breaking of fasting period during lent traditionally prepared on the Good Friday and eaten on Easter Sunday. At Christmas a special cake, called Vasilopita is baked. Hidden inside there is a coin which brings good luck to the person who receives it.