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On Sunday my mother and I took the opportunity to visit Statos-Ag. Photis,

By Hara Charalambous

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A village in the mountains of Paphos. As I shared last week, it was the 10th annual village festival and was celebrating all things Cypriot.

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Bourekia sold at the festival © Hara Charalambous

The music from the live bands (The district Police Band to start and then a local group playing traditional Cypriot music) made you want to dance, and so many people, young and old, did.

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© Hara Charalambous

The stalls were packed with all Shushuko/Sujuk, Tsamarella (Smoked Goats Meat) and other traditional food, and local produce, that were available to buy.

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© Hara Charalambous

There were hand crafted items from a flute maker   to traditional woven baskets & rugs. Donkey rides for the children and we got the opportunity to see a donkey being shoed.

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© Hara Charalambous

People were able to sample traditional food that the village was renowned for, Fresh Trachana, Palouze, Halloumi/ Hallim, Cypriot Sweets and Resi.

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A 98 year old man was tasting the free (and very strong) Zivania with meze, happily dancing away. He was chatting to people that past him, he put a smile on so many faces with his warm and welcoming personality.

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© Hara Charalambous

Past Cypriot culture was on shown via a display of old farming equipment and other household items.

So many people dancing and enjoying the festival.

© Hara Charalambous

© Hara Charalambous

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Greek and Turkish Cypriots mixing together, enjoying the village festival.

We had noticed a number of coaches and private cars displaying Turkish Cypriot number plates, We later found out that the coach’s from North Cyprus are arranged yearly to enable people to attend the festival and also for those originating from villages from the Paphos mountains.

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For anyone that missed it this year, I would recommend that you go next year.

 

 

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A Village Festival 12

On Sunday my mother and I took the opportunity to visit Statos-Ag. Photis, A village in the mountains of Paphos. As I shared last week, it was the 10th annual village festival and was celebrating all things Cypriot.

The smell of the foods, the noise from the crowds was overwhelming. we were hit with such a happy and infectious atmosphere. The music from the live bands (The district Police Band to start and then a local group playing traditional Cypriot music) made you want to dance, and so many people, young and old, did.

The stalls were packed with all Shushuko/Sujuk, Tsamarella (Smoked Goats Meat) and other traditional food, and local produce, that were available to buy. There were hand crafted items from a flute maker   to traditional woven baskets & rugs. Donkey rides for the children and we got the opportunity to see a donkey being shoed.

People were able to sample traditional food that the village was renowned for, Fresh Trachana, Palouze, Halloumi/ Hallim, Cypriot Sweets and Resi.

A 98 year old man was tasting the free (and very strong) Zivania with meze, happily dancing away. He was chatting to people that past him, he put a smile on so many faces with his warm and welcoming personality.

Past Cypriot culture was on shown via a display of old farming equipment and other household items.

So many people dancing and enjoying the festival.

Greek and Turkish Cypriots mixing together, enjoying the village festival.

We had noticed a number of coaches and private cars displaying Turkish Cypriot number plates, We later found out that the coach’s from North Cyprus are arranged yearly to enable people to attend the festival and also for those originating from villages from the Paphos mountains.

 

For anyone that missed it this year, I would recommend that you go next year.

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