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Celebrate the customs of a traditional Cypriot wedding

Customs of a Traditional Cypriot Wedding

Along with the festivals, concerts and outdoor events that the summer season brings with it, there’s one more type of event that blooms during this time of year; weddings. Everybody knows it, May to September is a high season for weddings and probably many of you have got your calendars already marked out with them.

Attempting to stay close to tradition, many weddings still include customs that Cypriots back in the day performed such as dressing the bride and groom while violins play and writing the names of single ladies on the bride’s right shoe. Yet how well do you really know Cypriot traditional weddings? Folklore Group Lygeri of SEK Nicosia-Kyrenia is putting on a performance to show you.

June 12 at Lakatamia’s Amphitheatre will be a journey into tradition as the group will present local rituals through a musical-theatrical and dance performance, in which an authentic revival of the customs of a traditional Cypriot wedding will take place.

“A traditional Cypriot wedding encompasses customs such as the stitching of the bed, the bride and the groom’s adornment, the dancing of the in-laws, even supplying the traditional dish, resi, that will be offered to all of our guests,” says the folklore group. Audience members will also experience the custom of gifting money to the bride and groom through dancing as it was traditionally done back then. Live music will, of course, be part of the night with instruments such as violin and lute and the friendly participation of Michalis Hatzimichael.

This is an event to discover the island’s traditions even further during a season that oozes wedding vibes. The performance is under the auspices of the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Syllouris Demetris.

Customs of a Traditional Cypriot Wedding
Music, theatre and dance performance of an authentic revival of the customs of a traditional Cypriot wedding. June 12. Lakatamia Amphitheatre, Nicosia. 7.30pm. €5. Tel: 99-929524

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