Some days before Christmas, of
the village Agios Theodoros Soleas start preparing
for the big feast.
The preparations mainly include
cleaning of the entire house and the yard, painting
of the external and internal walls, dusting etc.
On Christmas day, people go to church. After
the service they receive communion and then they
exchange wishes and kisses. Thereafter, they
return to their homes and the entire family sits
on the table for the traditional soup “avgolemoni”
(made with eggs, lemon and rice) or trachana
(traditional soup), in a pleasant environment.
New Year’s Day
bake the “vasilopita” which is a large traditional
cake with a coin in it. The person who finds
it is considered the luckiest person of the new
On New Year’s Day People go to church to attend
to the service and when it is finished they exchange
kisses and wishes.
They also play cards (Shemes, Poka, Poker) in
coffee shops and in different houses.
The Lent period begins on the Sunday
of the Prodian Son and continues till the Sunday
of “Tyrofagos” (last day of the Carnival). Usually,
during this period, a lot of people masqueraded
and went to friendly houses where they amused
On Palm Sunday, women took leaves from olive
trees to the church. The leaves would remain
in the church until Pentecost when they would
be hallowed and taken back home for the traditional
“kapnisma” (literally smoking). Specifically,
the leaves from the olive tree were put in the
“kapnistiri” (earthen-plated vessel) with cinder
and used for the “kapnisma” of the houses and
people. This practice is considered as apostrophic
for the evil spirits and it survives to this
On Holy Thursday the villagers go to church
to attend to the service of the 12 Gospels concerning
the Passion of Christ, His Crucifixion and His
The same night, a replica of the holy cross
with Christ on is set. On the right of the cross
there is a replica of Apostle John and on the
left another replica of Virgin Mary.
On Holy Friday young women chant the dirge (lamentation),
while three myrrh-bearing women strew the epitaph
with myrrh, aromas and flowers.
Some days before Easter the housewives bake
rusks and the famous “flaounes”. On Holy Saturday
they paint the eggs which they will clink after
the Resurrection Ceremony.
Around 11 pm, the bells toll merrily in order
to invite the Christians to the happiest service
of the Christian church.
Outside of the church there is a big fire, called
“Lampratzia” (eastern bonfire). At midnight the
priest says “ defte lavete fos ek tou anesperou
fotos” (come forward and receive light from the
eternal light) and comes out of the church with
the lay clerks for the Procession. People light
their candles from the holy light and they all
go in the yard of the church for the Resurrection
After the Resurrection Ceremony the inhabitants
of the village receive communion and then they
exchange wishes and kisses. Then, people return
to their homes. They eat the traditional soup
“avgolemoni” (made with eggs, lemon and rice)
or trachana, flaounes and they clink the red
eggs wishing each other “Christos Anesti” (The
Christ has risen) “Alithos Anesti” (truly He
On Sunday, they make the traditional lamb on
charcoals and they celebrate the day with traditional
Cypriot dance and songs.
In the afternoon, the Community Council organizes
some events (including traditional games) in
the village’s plaza. The events continue until
The following week is a week dedicated to relaxing,
happiness and love among all the people.