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Greek Orthodox Easter may be very late this year, making Greek Monday also later than we normally expect, but the art of making traditional kites doesn’t wait for any man, and that is why the AG Leventis Museum in Nicosia is inviting families to come and make their own traditional kites at the beginning of March.

As the event was such a success last year, the museum is once again calling on all parents and grandparents to come along with their children and grandchildren to make some traditional kites ready to fly them on Green Monday.

The event itself will take place on March 5, but you have to make a plan if you want to be part of it and register by February 25.

Registration can be done via email to [email protected] or by calling the museum on 22 661475.

With some coloured paper, scissors, glue and a whole lot of imagination, the day will start at 3pm. By the end older generations will have remembered what it was like for them when they couldn’t wait for Green Monday to see if their kites would reach the highest, and the younger generation will have learned about how to make a traditional kite.

While you are making the kites with your children, it might be fitting to tell them that we fly kites on Green Monday because it is an age-old tradition associated with festivals both in Cyprus and across the world. It is an outdoor activity that people of all ages can enjoy and it also has a symbolic meaning in keeping with the start of Lent….plus it is a lot of fun.

The cost is €20 per family and includes the materials needed to create the kites in a good old-fashioned way. All proceeds from the event will go to the Red Cross organisation.

Making Kites
An educational workshop for families with children. March 5. The Leventis Municipal Museum, 15-17 Hippocrates Street, Laiki Yitonia, Nicosia. 3pm. €20 per family. Tel: 22-661475

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