Cyprus Independence Day

Cyprus Independence Day

October 1
Cyprus gained independence from Great Britain on August 16, 1960. On that day, British governor Hugh Foot departed amid much ceremony, and Greek Cypriot freedom fighters landed on a plane from Athens with a heroes' welcome. The new Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios III (1913-1977), gave a speech inspiring Cypriots to improve their new nation.
Independence Day is observed as a public holiday on October 1 each year.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
2211 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-462-5772; fax: 202-483-6710
www.cyprusembassy.net
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 165
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 145

Celebrated in: Cyprus

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