Unusual national taboo.
If you usually look down when greeting, prefer to give white lilies I love to launch sky lanterns, in Cyprus you will not be easy.
Show open hand
Talking to a Cypriot, be careful with gestures. Stretched forth his hand, which in many countries means stop, Cyprus has a very different meaning. If you point it at him, it would mean that you are very angry. There are more “heavy” option: two hands crossed at an angle. Directing them at him, don’t be surprised if he will become angry, because you have just “sent”.
To drop look while greeting
A typical way of greeting in Cyprus — long and warm handshake. Cypriots are not only emotional, but also very friendly. However, to reach out in response is not enough. During the handshake we still have to look into the eyes of the person you greet. So you will show him respect.
To leave if the Church is closed
Better try to find the servant-the Butler, which will give you the keys or he will be in the Church building. About 75% of the population of Cyprus are Orthodox. So you can not only go and look at the decoration of the Church, but to light a candle and to pray. And in gratitude for the fact that you opened the door, you can leave a donation for the temple. It is not compulsory, but the steward will tell you thank you for it. I should add that closed may be only a small Church for them is simply no one to follow. Open them on weekends, holidays, and such requests of tourists. And the main temples always work.
To drink water from the tap
In almost every Cypriot house has a separate tap for drinking water, but the island’s residents prefer to drink bottled, sold in shops and supermarkets. On the streets there are special machines where you can also buy drinking water, but only if you have a capacity. The fact that the underground natural reservoirs on the island is not enough, so water from the tap is poor.
Give white lilies
Cypriots are hospitable people. After acquaintance may invite you to dinner. And do not give up. Instead, buy candy or delicious pastries to the table and flowers for the hostess. Importantly, the bouquet consisted of white lilies. In Cyprus, these flowers decided to bring exclusively to the funeral.
Try to buy medicine night
Of course, getting sick is never a bad thing. But in the evening or at night in Cyprus. – Night pharmacies on the island there, all work basically until lunch. In every city there are some ushers that are open until 10 or 11 PM. But every day they change. If you do not know the exact location, you can travel around the city in search of a pharmacy that is on duty this evening and find her when she is going to be closed.
Eat and drink while driving
If you are going to get behind the wheel of a car, don’t forget how to eat. Traffic regulations forbid drivers to eat and drink while driving. If suddenly dry up in my throat or the stomach will begin to regularly remind myself, and to stop, according to SDA, will not be delayed quenching nutritional needs will cost you €85.
To launch sky lanterns
However, you will not even be able to buy them, at least in the southern part of the island. In Cyprus is prohibited not only launch sky lanterns, but major fireworks. Allowed only sparklers. Such a ban is associated with the climatic characteristics of the island: Cyprus has a very high temperature and little precipitation. Therefore, the slightest spark could lead to a serious fire. A sky lantern launched from a coast, it can burn someone’s boat.
Take out seafood
Found at customs in your Luggage shells or stones confiscated. The law prohibits the export of not only the objects found on the seabed, but also those that are washed ashore. The exception is for store bought, so it is better to keep a check. Strictly prohibited to export archaeological treasures, including stones from the excavation, if there is no special permission of the Department of antiquities.
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