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★ The legend of Aphrodite's Rock ★
This large rock marks the birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who - legend has it - emerged from the foamy sea here. Aphrodite means 'risen from the foam' in Ancient Greek. The goddess, sitting on a shell, was then carried ashore by the gentle breezes of the Zephyrs.

Take your pick of the local myths that say swimming round the rock three times leads to either the blessing of eternal beauty, or meeting your true love.

Also known as 'Petra Tou Romiou' (the stone of the Roman), this iconic landmark is a 10-minute scenic coastal drive from the villa.

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Encouraging a new wave of interest in ancient village crafts?
By creating Craft Stories - a comic book showing stories of artisans - Christina Skarpari is presenting a new perspective on traditional village crafts such as lace-making and basket-weaving. The hope is that this will encourage the younger generation to take up the baton and keep the skills alive.
 
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#cypruscrafts #lacemaking #basketweaving #cyprustraditions #craftstories
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Why do Cyprus and UK Easters usually vary?
With the timing of UK Easter dictated by the Gregorian calendar, Greek Orthodox Easter is based on the older Julian calendar. Although every 4 years (such as this one) they are on the same dates, the two celebrations can be at quite different times. Last year, for example, UK Easter was 27 March, yet Cyprus Easter was as late as 1 May.
 
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#orthodoxeaster   #cypruseaster   #easter   #easterdates   #gregoriancalendar   #juliancalendar   #greece   #cyprus
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Good Friday - Tsoureki Time!
This delicious sweet buttery brioche-style bread is one of our favourite Greek Easter treats. Naughty, but nice!
Circular ones usually feature a dyed-red egg to represent the blood of Christ. Our Lidl version is extremely decadent with chocolate coating and custard centre.
 
Kaló Páscha!
 
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#greekeaster #cypruseaster #orthodoxeaster #tsoureki #tsourekia
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Greek Easter: The Egg-Tapping Game
Resembling conkers, Tsougrisma is a friendly game where competitors tap red-dyed hard-boiled eggs and are eliminated when theirs cracks.

Kenton and Jane's Lemon and Olives blog explains it perfectly. Not sure how lucky it is to keep the winning egg until next Easter! Click below for the link.

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#tsougrisma #orthodoxeaster #cypruseaster #greekeaster
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Greek Myths: The birth of Aphrodite, and her creation of oregano
Having Aphrodite's Rock only a few minutes' drive away, we are well-versed in the story of her birth from the foaming waves there.

New to us, though, was the legend of the creation of the herb oregano, and how it's connected to the Goddess of Love. Fascinating!

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#aphrodite #aphroditesrock #oregano #greekmyths
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March: the month for wearing Martakos bracelets
In Greek and Cypriot culture, these traditional bands are worn with the superstition that they protect faces from sunburn and wind. There are many different designs, but all involve combining red and white threads representing life and purity. The simplest are made by twisting or plaiting cords; more elaborate versions involve crochet or macramé.

At the end of the month, the bands are hung on fruit trees to ensure good luck and a healthy harvest.

How to make your own: http://bit.ly/2lvO9bI
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#cyprustraditions #martakos #martides #martios
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The blossoming almond trees are absolutely beautiful at the moment.
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Green Monday (27 Feb 2017)... the start of Greek Orthodox Lent
A national holiday in Greece and Cyprus. Families and friends head to the beaches, fields or mountains for sociable picnics of salad, olives, artichokes, tahini, taramosalata, houmous, octopus, calamari, shellfish and lagana sesame flatbread. During Lent fasting Greeks and Cypriots give up meat, eggs and dairy products.

A favourite activity for children is kite-flying, often with decorated home-made kites, symbolising freedom and a fresh start.

Καλη Σαρακοστη! Kali Sarakosti!

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#greenmonday #greekeaster #lent #lagana #sarakosti
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Cyprus Easter: Buy or make Green Monday kites?
While tomorrow you will see a multitude of shop-bought kites at Green Monday picnics, a lovely Easter tradition of home-made kites remains. Many Cypriot families invest time and effort into crafting (often huge) kites, decorated with meaningful colours and logos such as those of their favourite football team.

It can make a quite comical spectacle if there isn't enough breeze to keep the kite aloft. Watch out also for kites entangled in electricity cables - another hazard of the annual festival.

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#greenmonday #cypruseaster #kitemaking
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