Up to 1,000 people from the north will take part in a special pilgrimage to Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca on Wednesday,
The pilgrimage marks the Muslim feast of Eid Al Adha or Kurban Bayram and is taking place at the request of Archbishop Chrysostomos II on behalf of the Mufti of Cyprus Prof. Dr Talip Atalay.
The pilgrimage is the fourth since 2014, when for the first time in eight years pilgrims of Turkish origin were allowed to visit Hala Sultan Tekke to mark Eid Al Fitr or Ramazan Bayram, with the support of Archbishop Chrysostomos II and the two Cyprus leaders at the time, Nicos Anastasiades and Dervis Eroglu.
Similar to the last three occasions, this special pilgrimage is being organised by the office of the Mufti of Cyprus and facilitated by UNFICYP in cooperation with the Office of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden.
A representative of Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the Executive Coordinator of Office of the Religious Track will be present to pass on the well wishes of Archbishop Chrysostomos Archbishop Nareg, Archbishop Soueif and Rev Kraj on the occasion of Kurban Bayramı.