Cyprus is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, which surrounds the warm and gentle blue sea. Most of the population of this magical and romantic corner is ethnic Greeks, whose main religion is Orthodox Christianity.
However, more than forty per cent of the inhabitants of Cyprus are Turks, who, of course, are Muslims. Almost the entire northern part of the island belongs to the Republic of Turkey. This duality of religions, cultural heritage, traditions is the main distinctive feature of the island-state.
If you touch upon the historical aspect a little, the experts say that there were few conflicts on the basis of religious different confessions in Cyprus. Cyprus is very favorably located geographically. This is a gateway between Europe, Asia and North Africa, in some ways even the heart of the contact of the oldest civilizations.
As mentioned above, the Cypriots of religious confessions coexist fairly peacefully. The lulling Mediterranean climate strongly affected the character of the life of the Cypriots. Here you can not see haste and unnecessary fuss, life proceeds in a calm, measured stream.
So, for example, many tourists say that men spend their days in coffee shops, slowly drinking a magic drink, and they lead leisurely conversations. It is curious that women in Cyprus are still prohibited from attending many such establishments.
Families in Cyprus are usually large, several generations can live under the same roof. Since Cyprus is a universally recognized tourist paradise, the phenomenon of small family business flourishes here.
Cozy small shops stand in endless rows. In the same building, where the shop is located, often located and a residential part of the room. The conservative view of the family dominates here.
A woman in Cyprus is perceived as the keeper of the home. The centuries-old traditions of a strong and united family in Cyprus are particularly venerated.
For example, if someone has a money problem, he will not go to the Cypriot bank, he will turn to his numerous relatives. In order to deny a close person in lending money, you need a very good reason.
Very much in Cyprus, the influence of the Orthodox Church, an atheist here is almost impossible to meet. Marriages, of course, are entirely ecclesiastical, although, relatively recently, civil marriages have been legalized.
The Cypriots are very open and friendly hosts. The doors of their houses are almost always open.
You can safely contemplate a cozy unsophisticated situation and dealing with their own affairs of the inhabitants of the house. Here, no one hides anything, no one envies each other.
Cypriots love to invite guests. In Cyprus, a great cuisine and go, sometimes from excessive bounties of hospitable hosts is simply impossible.
To go on a visit without a gift in Cyprus is not accepted. Traditionally, it is necessary to bring at least flowers.
About gifts there is another curious custom. Birthday will never print gifts in front of guests, because it is possible that the gift will not be to the court, and false gratitude is not welcome.
Note also that the Cypriots are very fond of the holidays. The Orthodox holiday of Easter is a state holiday in Cyprus.
This is not only religious, but also a family celebration. It is not possible to describe the beauty of this wonderful holiday, which symbolizes the triumph of life over death.
Weddings of Cypriots are also famous for their beautiful traditions. At the wedding, you can hear many wonderful wedding songs, and they also like to dance and know how to do it very well. The most interesting tradition in Cyprus – to let small children jump on the wedding bed, it is believed that this ritual will bring happiness to a young family.
There is an unusual love of Cypriots towards children. They look at the kids with extraordinary tenderness. To see a crying child in Cyprus is almost impossible, but joyous children’s laughter is heard everywhere.Such careful treatment of children is not in vain.
Leaving your elderly parents unattended – the situation is not applicable in Cyprus. Children, when they grow up, and even when they have their own families, very rarely go far from their parents’ home.
Family ties in Cyprus, as already mentioned above, are very strong. In addition to children, cats are popular in Cyprus.
There is an old belief that cats helped cope with the eerie invasion of snakes on the island. Cats are considered an excellent friend in any family and live almost everywhere.
Now a little about the traditions of northern Turkish Cyprus. The attitude to the family and marriage here is much more conservative, no one is departing from the norms and principles of Islam.
A woman must obey her husband. Well-known facts: it is impossible for a wife to go anywhere without permission, and in cases of disobedience, the Koran generally calls for the education of women through physical violence. However, nevertheless, for the most part on the Turkish side of Cyprus we see nice and hospitable people, as well as strong and happy families.
At the present stage, mixed marriages, referring to marriages between representatives of different religions, are not uncommon in Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots, however, can not marry a bearer of another religion, because according to Islamic laws this is prohibited.
It is believed that to keep his wife “in check”, as the Koran dictates, only a Muslim husband can. A less strict man will affect a woman badly: she will “relax”, which will lead her to imminent punishment and death.
However, a representative of the stronger sex can take a wife inadvertently. Of course, he is instructed to exert all possible influence on the spouse, so that she accepts Islam.
Such a marriage, unfortunately, carries a lot of pitfalls, since the rarely Cypriot Christian is properly aware of the religious Islamic traditions that form the family way of life.