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Cyprus

Christmas 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Cyprus

Christmas is a major time of festivities in Cyprus, and the season is marked with two public holidays – on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

YearDateDayHoliday
202024 DecThuChristmas Eve
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSat2nd Day of Christmas
202124 DecFriChristmas Eve
25 DecSatChristmas Day
26 DecSun2nd Day of Christmas
202224 DecSatChristmas Eve
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMon2nd Day of Christmas
202324 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas
202424 DecTueChristmas Eve
25 DecWedChristmas Day
26 DecThu2nd Day of Christmas
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

This holiday celebration is a full mix of culture, religious beliefs, and superstitions. There are many contrasts in Cyprus during the Christmas season, and it is easy to say that this holiday season is not celebrated like this anywhere else in the world.

Traditionally, Christmas Eve in Cyprus begins with parades and processions through town, and Christmas carollers singing door-to-door. What is most impressive is that these carols are not your typical modern carols, but songs from the Byzantine period. These beautiful melodies have been handed down for generations and sung each year on this night.

Christmas Day is celebrated as a family gathering. Santa Claus does not exist in Cyprus, and there are few presents exchanged this day. Most families start the day by attending church and then spend the afternoon and evening feasting with their family and friends.

Celebrations continue through until 6 January which marks the date for orthodox Christmas or the Feast of the Epiphany for non-Orthodox Christians. During these celebrations there are two very special events on 1 and 5 January.

Each 1 January marks not only the New Year; it is also the Feast of St. Basil. St. Basil is the patron saint of Cyprus and is the “bringer of gifts.” Much like Santa Claus, presents are brought on New Year’s Eve night and everyone exchanges gifts on New Year’s morning.

On 5 January, a very traditional event takes place. A golden cross is thrown into the sea. Young men then swim out and try to find the cross. The person who finds the cross and returns it to the priest is said to have good fortune for the next year. This tradition takes place in both Cyprus and Greece each year.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
201924 DecTueChristmas Eve
25 DecWedChristmas Day
26 DecThu2nd Day of Christmas
201824 DecMonChristmas Eve
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWed2nd Day of Christmas
201724 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas