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We have just received the following news and wonderful pictures from Tom Roche of Living Magazine and would like to share them with our readers.
“Together we care,” is the motto of supermarket group, Starling and the store has proved it by sending toys to the Special Needs schools throughout the TRNC.
These children at the Karakum Special Needs School were among those who received the New Year gifts. The scheme was arranged by the Little Society of Kyrenia, which distributed the Starling donations.
The Little Society’s trustee, Mary Watson said: “Throughout last year we have been helping special needs children at Karakum and at schools in Lefkoşa and Ziyamet. Starling was kind enough to provide snacks and beach toys for a day out at the seaside and said they would like to do something for Christmas and New Year also, so we arranged a list of children and their ages and Starling got something suitable for everybody.”
After opening their presents the children at Karakum then enjoyed a dance party.
By Chris Elliott
It was a dark and stormy night in Cyprus on the 28th December and today the thunder and lightning is rolling around the mountains of North Cyprus and I am sitting in front of a glowing gas fire. The internet TV system has gone down but yippee, I still have internet service and can talk with the world.
Soon the New Year will arrive and we must wonder what news and weather we will be greeted with on Wednesday the 1st of January 2014.
So readers, what is your weather like today, the 29th December 2013 wherever you are? If you would like to share your weather news with our other worldwide readers, please make your comment in the reply box below.
By Chris Elliott
At Christmas and also the New Year all around the world we have become accustomed to world leaders, politicians and religious leaders and other influential people calling for renewed efforts to create a world full of peace and tranquility and help those who are in need.
In the Republic of Cyprus it is reported by Cyprus Mail that Archbishop Chrysostomos in giving his Christmas message asked the people of Cyprus to support those in need, and each other so they can “welcome Christ in our heart, thus proving ourselves worthy of God’s love”.
When commenting on the financial crisis, he was reported as saying it was not the island’s biggest problem. Chrysostomos accused Turkey of wanting to take over Cyprus while he also accused refugees who appealed to the north’s Immovable Property Commission of “selling out” and “guilty of high treason”.
He was also reported to have said, “We need to regroup. We need to heed the voices of our ancestors. As a nation we have been through a lot and we have survived. Not only did we survive but we thrived throughout the ages. Our heroic actions shocked the world. With such a history behind us, we aren’t allowed to give up and abandon the fight.”
The world is watching and waiting for both sides of the Cyprus dispute to come together after 50 wasted years and to finally resolve the problem but we must wait and see if the will to do this is there. To read a full acount of this artcile please click on the link below.
Bağış tells Greek Cypriot government to drop ‘silly’ policies – Todays Zaman – Latest news report to read more click here
Bayrak Radio and Television 1963 to 2012 – Read the history of Bayrak Radio and Television by clicking here
Bayrak Radio Television – Can Gazi is now also on cyprusscene – Can Gazi, presenter with BRT is now contributing articles to cyprusscene.com, to read more click here
Bloomberg – Cyprus’s Woes ‘More Serious Than Greece,’ Juncker Warns – More news of Cyprus, to read more click here
Christmas is coming to Baris Park, Girne – The Girne Belediyesi arranged a 3-day event for the festive season. To read more click here
Christmas Fair at Baris Park with “Friends” Line Dancers, North Cyprus – To read more about this event click here
Christmas in Kyrenia by Cyprusscene – North Cyprus – See how Kyrenia is lit up for Christmas and the New Year. Click here
Events Calendar – cyprusscene – Issue 15 – 20th December 2012 – See what events are available on the run-up to Christmas. Click here
GAU – The Grand Turkish Hamam re-opens in Lefkosa An historical moment with the re-opening of the Turkish Hamam. To read more click here
Girne American University – Language Courses – Read about learning a language or other courses available at GAU. Click here
Girne American University – Mevlana Week – A lovely evening with the Whirling Dervishes at GAU Spectrum Hall. To read about this event click here
New Year 2012 Celebrations at the Korineum Golf and Beach Resort – See what is on offer by clicking here
The Foreign Residents in the TRNC – Christmas Weekly Get-together – Read about how members enjoyed the last get-together before Christmas. Click here
Turkish Weekly – Bağıs Urges Investers to Avoid Cyprus for Turkey – Financial advice from Turkey to read more click here
Turkish Weekly – Lift Embargo, Turkish Cyprus Calls on Muslims – More news of the Embargo saga, to read more click here
News in over the internet of an explosive cache found near the country house of the Cyprus President, Demetris Christofias which sparked an intensive search by the security forces before the area was declared safe.
To read more of this article published by Greece.GreekReporter.com, click on the link below.
I was delighted to receive an invitation to go along to the second Çatalköy Belediyesi Christmas Get-together for all local residents and it was so nice to meet again, so many old friends who I met at last year’s event.
Bigger and better is the philosophy of Çatalköy Mayor Mehmet Hulusioğlu and his speech was translated with great humour by the Chief Architect, Ahmet Rençber and they really do hold dear the sense of one big happy family coming together to share cultures and friendship and create a bright new world and future.
Sadly I was unable to stay to the end of the event and as I was leaving the entertainment started with music and youngsters singing and we have placed below a picture slideshow showing so many people enjoying this festive occasion of the coming of Christmas and of course the New Year which is so important to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
With a world which has seen so much sadness in recent times, it is so refreshing to see in Çatalköy and the rest of North Cyprus, so much friendship with peace and harmony between cultures and long may it continue.
Well done Mr Mayor, please keep up the good work and we look forward to Christmas 2013 for even more good news!
By Chris Elliott
Here is an extra Christmas musical message for you to enjoy
We look forward to seeing you on our site in 2013 and to receiving your news and comments.
Around the world in divided countries and in other countries where the “Season of Goodwill” is valued, the seasonal festivities are underway. On the 1st of December in Holland and other countries where he is held dear, Sinterklaas arrived on his boat with Zwartepiet to greet the children and people and in the middle of the night put small gifts in their shoes which become bigger gifts during the celebration of Christmas.
Sinterklaas or Santa Claus are local names of the real life character St Nicolas who was born in Patara now known as Demire in Turkey. He was born of wealthy parents but on their death he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.
Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th which is why this coming week is so important in the lead up to the Christmas and New Year Festivities.
Here in North Cyprus we saw Santa Claus arrive on the 1st of December at the Teachers Hotel in Kyrenia to meet the children and give them a small gift and also help Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) to provide Christmas treats for those unwanted but loveable cats and dogs that they care for.
So what happened in Nicosia/Lefkosa the divided city? On Saturday 1st of December on the edge of the UN buffer zone, known as the Green Line, a Traditional German Christmas Fair was arranged by the Cypriot-German Cultural Association and was held at the Goethe Institute.
What a great coming together it was with so many families from both North and South Cyprus coming together to enjoy the seasonal festivities with a German flavour and what a flavour it was, with Bratwurst, Rotwurst and Chocolate Waffles being washed down with Hot Glühwein or German beers or wine in the garden and bar area.
In the hall nearby and outside there were many stalls full of local made jewellery, clothing and of course all of those wonderful Christmas accessories that we all yearn for. With a German flavour there was a wide choice of biscuits, chocolate and wines to take home for the Christmas feast to come.
With the clanging of a bell, Santa Claus came out to greet all those wide eyed children of so many denominations and it was a great sight to see. Nearby were the children’s happy families rubbing shoulders with so many other races in peace and happiness on this wonderful day.
Soon it was time to leave and as we travelled back past Dereboyu Street in Lefkosa, we stopped and marvelled at the Golden Tulip Hotel which had a splendid Santa Claus outside on his sleigh and reindeer which are about to fly away.
Reminding us of the importance of the New Year for our Muslim friends, the hotel has an incredible light show sending out the New Year Greeting for the world at large.
As we came back into Kyrenia on the dual-carriageway exiting at the main roundabout, there was a really wonderful display of lights we stopped to take a photograph of.
Having lived in North Cyprus for a number of years, I know in the next few weeks many more seasonal displays will appear here in Kyrenia and other towns of North Cyprus which will culminate in the Christmas and New Year celebrations, when the Christian and Muslim communities come together to enjoy the everlasting time of peace, hope and friendship.
By Chris Elliott
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