Culture and traditions
Locals are very proud of their cultural heritage. Throughout its history, Cyprus has been influenced by European, Asian and African cultures. It is clear that this impact of various cultures has left a mark on Cyprus. Taking into the consideration latest events,Turkish traditions have had a big impact on the people, who live in the northern part of the island, which is now is under the control of Turkey. In the southern part of Cyprus the Greece traditions, cuisine,and festivals prevail.
Cyprus has many cultural, historical, and architectural sites. The international organization UNESCO has included nine Byzantine churches and the entire city of Kato Paphos in their list of cultural heritage.
The most popular festivalsare The Carnival and The Festival of the Flood. The route of the latter goes down to ancient history and up till now no one knows the true meaning of this event. During the festival, you may observe a colourful, cheerful, and musical parade, where everyone splashes water on each other. No less remarkable is the holiday, where people pay tribute to the God Dionysus at the Wine festival in Cyprus. Everyone may take a sip of the best known, elegant, and exquisite wines, and immerse themselves into the mood of happiness and vivacity.