Cyprus celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.
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New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.
The entire period between 25 December and 6 January is a time of constant celebration in Cyprus. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are at the epicentre of this annual festive ritual.
Tradition in Cyprus says that tiny, devious spirits from the centre of the Earth enter people’s homes during this holiday period. They are thought to sneak down the chimney and play tricks on people. Some sprinkle holy water around the premises to protect themselves from these infernal jokers!
One thing you can count on for New Year’s time in Cyprus is a table full of rich dishes and super-sweet desserts. Almond cookies, walnut biscuits, chocolates and more are consistently indulged in. And skies lit up with fireworks, a midnight toast, and plenty of time spent with family and friends also, of course, find their place in the celebrations.
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