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Greek Cypriot National Day 2019

Cypriot Public Holidays National Holiday of Cyprus

Cyprus National Day is celebrated on 1 April

When is Greek Cypriot National Day?

How long until Cyprus National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 105 Days.
Dates of Cyprus National Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday
2019 Monday
2018 Sunday
2017 Saturday
2016 Friday
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
EOKA Day
Summary
Also known as 'EOKA Day', this holiday commemorates the start of the insurgence against the British in 1955

This holiday is always celebrated on 1 April.

Also known as 'EOKA Day', this holiday commemorates the start of the insurgence against the British in 1955.

History of Greek Cypriot National Day

Following the Russo-Turkish war (1877 - 1878), Cyprus was leased to the British Empire and was formally annexed by Britain at the end of the First World War.

Among the Greek Cypriots, the concept of 'enosis' - union with Greece had been a movement that had taken hold during the previous century, under Ottoman rule.

On 1 April 1955, the EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston) whose aim was unification with Greece through armed struggle, started their guerilla campaign, targeting British military installations on the island.

The campaign against the British lasted for the next four years. On 16 August 1960, a cease fire was reached and Cyprus attained independence after the Zurich and London Agreement between the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey.

Did you know?

Cyprus is one of only two countries, whose flag features their map. The other country is Kosovo. Probably not incidentally both nations have had some disputes on the shape of those maps.

How is Greek Cypriot Day Celebrated?

Shops and businesses may be closed. People may attend church services to remember the efforts of the EOKA to secure Cyprus' independence and special events take place in schools, so that children are made aware of the island's struggle for freedom.


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