National Day in Cyprus in 2020

National Day in Cyprus in 2020
Graffiti in Paralimni, Cyprus. Image via Pixabay
  How long until National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 132 days.
  Dates of National Day in Cyprus
2021 Cyprus Thu, Apr 1 National Holiday
2020 Cyprus Wed, Apr 1 National Holiday
2019 Cyprus Mon, Apr 1 National Holiday
2018 Cyprus Sun, Apr 1 National Holiday
2017 Cyprus Sat, Apr 1 National Holiday
  Summary
Also known as 'EOKA Day', this holiday commemorates the start of the insurgence against the British in 1955

When is Greek Cypriot National Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on April 1st. 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 the Ottoman rule.

On April 1st 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 August 16th 1960, a cease-fire was reached and Cyprus attained independence after the Zurich and London Agreement between the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey.

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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