Monday, October 31, 2011

Kurban Bayram - 5th - 9th November

One of the major religious festivals in the Islamic calendar is the Kurban Bayram (the Feast of the Sacrifice). It follows that period of the year during which many practising Muslims will have made their haj (pilgrimage) to Mecca in confirmation of their faith. 

The origins of this festival lie in the Old Testament of the Bible where Abraham was subjected to a test and told by God to sacrifice Isaac his only son. As proof of his religious commitment, Abraham was prepared to slaughter his son but at the last moment an angel of the Lord called from heaven and a ram was sacrificed instead (Genesis chapter 22, verse 11).

This year the Kurban Bayram occurs in November and commences in the afternoon of November 5th with the Arife prayers (the preparation) and continues for four days until the evening of November 9th. During this period Muslim families who can afford to will buy a good quality sheep or goat and sacrifice it in commemoration of Ibrahim who was spared by Allah from sacrificing his son Ishmail. The meat from the sacrificed animal will be shared equally among family, friends and the local poor. Those who do not have access to a sacrificial animal, or the means to buy one may alternatively give charitable alms instead. These are traditions that have been maintained throughout the Muslim world with slight variations from country to country.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Events

  29th - 31st October 2011

October the 31st is All Hallows Evening, the night when some say the souls of the dead walk the earth prior to All Hallows Day or All Saints Day on November 1st. Though in reality we know it is just an excuse to dress up in outlandish and macabre fancy dress costumes and go out into the night with carved turnip or pumpkin lanterns and have a lot of fun. (read more..)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thursday Artists Exhibition

Opening on Friday 21st October by invitation only and running for a full week from 22nd – 29th, there is an exhibition of Life drawings by many well known local artists at the Girne Public Library (Girne Halk Kutuphanesi) that is situated almost opposite the Colony Hotel heading southwards. The library is open daily for viewings from 10.00 – 17.00 and although parking close to the library is not plentiful it is only a few minutes from the main park in the town centre.... Read More -

Friday, October 21, 2011

Package Holidays from only £159

We have so many deals at the moment on package holidays, with especially good prices for the Winter, starting from only £159 per person for a week, including flights, accommodation, all taxes, baggage, in-flight meals and return transfers.

To view all of our deals, you can visit our website, or to talk to one of our friendly holiday advisors, you can call us on 0203 150 0917.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Up to 60% off North Cyprus Holidays

If you are looking for some sunshine this winter, and are fed up with cold and dreary mornings in the UK, why not consider a winter sun holiday to North Cyprus?

We have offers starting from only £179 per person for a 7 night break, and that includes all taxes, flights, transfers and accommodation. These 7 and 14 night deals are available for breaks between November and March.

For more information or to book, please visit our website....