Women usually cook more than the necessary amount of food in case an unexpected member of the family or a friend visit.Weddings in North Cyprus are mammoth family events.Museums and art galleries are good places to gain an insight to a culture as are local festivals.
Men are expected to provide for the family while women are responsible for housework and childcare.
If men do assist with household chores it is viewed as a bonus.
Many of their customs are from a mix of the cultures which have swept through the island over the centuries.
Although Cypriots are Muslim, their religion is important to them but they don’t feel the need to necessarily visit a mosque on a regular basis. Cypriots will not feel offended if visitors don’t necessarily understand basic rituals on visiting someone's house for example, but you will gain more respect by having made some effort.
Aunts, uncles and cousins and cousins join in the wedding preparations to ensure that the couple have the best day possible.
The extended family usually provides the couple with a furnished place in which to live.
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Its mix of Mediterranean, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine dishes and take-away conjures up a whole new meaning.
Between Turkish Cypriots, family life is very important, so they spend most of their free time with family gatherings, picnics, barbeques and weddings.
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