Residents will enjoy a long weekend with banks, offices, schools and some shops closed as the Republic of Cyprus celebrates the Epiphany this Monday 6th January 2020.
The festival of Epiphany, falls on the twelfth day of Christmas and is known in Cyprus as ‘Ta Fota’ which means ‘the light’. It is a big festival with celebrations taking place across many harbours in Cyprus and marks the end of the festive season.
Orthodox belief says that this was the day of the baptism of Jesus, and that this is where the day’s association with water arises.
People will brave the cold waters, diving into the sea across the island to retrieve a crucifix cast by a priest to bless the waters.
A liturgy is scheduled to take place in occupied Famagusta organised by the town’s bishopric for the fifth consecutive year.
As a public holiday it means that banks will be closed as will government offices. In addition many general stores/supermarkets & businesses, but not all, will also be closed for the day.
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