Starting to think about what we can do next Sunday for EOKA Day….
Usually when it’s a public holiday in Cyprus we try to go somewhere different – either a village, restaurant or beach that we haven’t been to before or revisit somewhere we haven’t been for a long while. But this year, our friend Dave is going to be helping out all day at RDA (Riding for the Disabled) at Happy Valley (Episkopi Garrison) so we may have to rethink our weekend…
EOKA – is an abbreviation for Ethnikí Organósis Kipriakóu Agónos (National Organization of the Cypriot Struggle), an underground organization formed by General George Grivas in 1955 to fight for the independence of Cyprus from Britain and eventually, its union (enosis) with Greece. In 1971, some 11 years after the independence of Cyprus, Grivas returned to the island to form EOKA B (a Greek Cypriot paramilitary organisation) and to resume the fight for enosis, which had not been achieved by the Cypriot government.
Photos below from last year’s EOKA Day at Curium Beach:
EOKA Day at Curium Beach (1 April 2011)
Enosis may no longer be a popular cause but most Greek Cypriots still see the Eoka struggle as a celebration of both their heroes and their Hellenism. It is a public holiday in Cyprus and as you can see, most people made their way to the beach for a spot of lunch and to relax.
Later in the day, our local village had music and speeches to commemorate this celebratory day.