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No matter what the time of year, when it comes to choosing a destination for family holidays, Cyprus should always be at the top of your list. However, if you're looking for something special from your next getaway, spending Easter on this stunning island will offer you an incredible experience. The most important festival in the Orthodox calendar, Cyprus is transformed every year as the locals prepare for Easter Sunday.
In the days leading up to Easter Sunday, you'll notice the people of Cyprus busying themselves, painting buildings, tidying their towns and making them shine. Exploring the island and meeting the locals when you step out from one of the many beautiful hotels Cyprus has to offer will certainly pay off, as you'll get to experience the festival just like a local. From night-time parades lit by candles and fireworks, to traditional ceremonies where churches are decorated in swathes of colourful flowers, it's a celebration that is uniquely Cypriot – and it can all be just steps away from your hotel!
Of course, it wouldn't be a festival without food and special items that are prepared all over the island in the week before Palm Sunday. Glorious flaounes, a kind of cheese pastry, are available from shops and street markets, while those who have a sweet tooth may prefer to try out the koulouria that will melt in your mouth the moment you bite into them. A big tradition that the kids will enjoy is the dyeing of eggs in bright colours, though the grownups can get involved too!
Come Easter Sunday, celebrations break out all over the island, with families meeting up for picnics and parties. If you visit one of the many villages you may well be asked to join in with the meal that takes place in the courtyard of the local church and lasts into the evening! It's a time where strangers become friends and memories are made for life; this kind of experience will stay with you forever.
There are also plenty of other things to do during your family holidays; Cyprus always has something new to discover. With gorgeous sun kissed beaches that are ideal for whiling away lazy days, stunning architecture to explore and wonderful people to meet, this magical island offers incredible opportunities every single day. So why not investigate the selection of luxurious hotels Cyprus can provide and prepare yourself for an Easter holiday that is truly unique – for fun-filled family holidays, Cyprus is the place to go!
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