Traditional games of Easter in Cyprus. By Andreas Hadjichristou, G iannis Hadjitheodoulou, Andreas Loukatzie, Kalia Argyrou, Xenofon Argyrou, Christos Kapitanis. Egg tapping!!! Danger…only use cooked eggs!!!.
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Traditional games of Easter in Cyprus
By Andreas Hadjichristou, Giannis Hadjitheodoulou, Andreas Loukatzie, Kalia Argyrou, Xenofon Argyrou, Christos Kapitanis
This is a very popular game in Cyprus!! Stones are mounted in a stack one above the other, not less than 5. One person is on as “skatoulieris" and is responsible for the stones. He stands on a line right behind the stacked stones.
The other children stand opposite ‘skatoulieris’atsome distance (behind a line). They take a stone and take turns trying to knock down the stack of stones!!
Whoever misses goes and stands near the place where the stone falls. Each player keeps having a go until one knocks over the stack of stones and he is the winner.
One very traditional game played at Easter in Cyprus is ‘ziziros’.This traditional game is played on Easter Sunday and the day after.
One person has to cover his eyes while one of the group of players behind him hits him on the back, sometimes softly ,
sometimes hard….very hard!!
Immediately after the hit rest of the players make a "zzzz" sound like a cicada (ziziros) and wave a finger in circles, so as to confuse the unlucky one who is hit.
The person who is hit has to guess who hit him and if he is correct the person who hit him takes his place.
This is a very popular sport at Easter in Cyprus too. The contestants stand in a sack and holding it at the waist, try with little jumps carefully, with feet together, to finish first. This is a lot of fun with everybody falling over all the time!!