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Independence Day Cyprus
01-01 October
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The country's Independence Day Celebrations honour the day in 1960 when Cyprus gained independence from Great Britain following a long and bitter five-year struggle.

A public holiday throughout the country, the day is marked with national events, military parades, parties and processions. Schools, offices and many shops are closed on this day. Cyprus people celebrate their Independence Day with festivals at schools and communities and with a big military parade, which take place in their capital named Nicosia. Cyprus’ flag, has the map of its island in yellow the color of copper, of which Cyprus was famous in the ancient years and took its name from couprum copper in latin Òkipros Cyprus in Greek. Also, there are two lops from an olive tree, which symbolize peace.

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