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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

The annual wine festival in Cyprus kick-started with high spirits on Thursday night in the southern city of Limassol. The Limassol Wine Festival is a tradition since Cyprus became an independent state; held in the last week of August and the first week of September each year, just ahead of the grape picking season.

Marking the 54th anniversary of the celebration, the event  promotes local varieties of wines and grapes, which are unique and receive strong reputation worldwide. This time the festival is also featuring ‘Commandaria‘, a Cyprot sweet wine which is also known as the oldest wine in the world.

The mayor of Limassol Andreas Christou told, “We are expecting about 80,000 to 100,000 people, Cypriots and foreign tourists, to attend the festival in the next 10 days.” He insisted visitors to enjoy the best Cypriot wines, food, and a lot of other traditional cultural activities in the festival.

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The four big wineries based in Limassol offer free wine to thousands of visitors for trying. Makeshift restaurants inside the city’s sea-side Municipal Garden offers assortment of local specialities at low prices. Visitors are welcomed at the site of the festival by an oversized figure, the Vraka Man, dressed in the traditional Cypriot baggy trousers–the vraka–and his motto: “Drink wine for better life”, meaning to be healthy and alive.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation provides free bus transportation for tourists and locals from other cities in the island-wide event. Its organizers advertise it as a wonderful event to mark the end of the summer and the transition to autumn. But it is also meant to draw attention to the history of wine production in Cyprus. Various historical references confirm that wine has been produced in Cyprus for over 4,000 years.

With barrel upon barrel of wine distributed freely to the visitors it does not take long for outsiders to get entranced by the “spirits” of the city.

With Inputs from IANS

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6 Trendy Rakhis That Will Leave Your Brother Surprised This Raksha Bandhan

This article suggests you a list of eight trendy rakhis that are sure to bring a beaming smile on your brother’s face

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6 Trendy Rakhis That Will Leave Your Brother Surprised This Raksha Bandhan
6 Trendy Rakhis That Will Leave Your Brother Surprised This Raksha Bandhan. flickr

The auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan celebrates the ever-lasting bond between brothers and sisters. And, every year it comes, it makes the sibling bond between brothers and sisters stronger. Isn’t it? While the preparation for this festival begins, sisters get busy in finding the best rakhis for their brothers. And, since this task of finding the best and trendiest rakhis is quite stressful, this article suggests you a list of eight trendy rakhis that are sure to bring a beaming smile on your brother’s face.

 

The Sandalwood Rakhi

Rakhis made of sandalwood never go out of style as these are considered auspicious for any religious ceremony. Also, because rakhis made with other types of materials can often lead to allergy, the sandalwood rakhi becomes the safest choice. Sandalwood rakhis are usually designed with elements like cotton, flowers, or silk which add a traditional touch in one’s Raksha Bandhan celebrations.

 

The Minions Rakhi

Among the kids rakhi designs, the minions’ rakhis are the most popular one. These are a hit among the children as these look super cute. So, if you have little kid in your house who is a huge fan of the ‘Despicable me’ characters then, this rakhi is sure to bring a million dollar smile on his or her face.

 

The Zardosi Rakhi

When it comes to celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan in a traditional way, Zardosi rakhis make a popular choice. Zardosi rakhis are typical ethnic rakhis designed with zari thread which comes in shades of gold and silver. These rakhis resemble the royalty and look stunning in appearance. So, celebrate this Raksha Bandhan in an ethnic way with zardosi rakhis.

Rakhi
Rakhi. Flickr

The Turquoise Stone Rakhi

The turquoise stone rakhis represent royalty and elegance. There are usually designed with a central motif which is decorated with a turquoise color stone and outlined with silver linings. These rakhis can be also personalized with the initials of the recipient. Also, turquoise stones rakhis are just loved by boys.

 

The Bracelet Rakhi

Bracelet rakhis are in high demand nowadays as boys prefer wearing bracelets than threads on their wrists. These rakhis also make a great style statement and these kinds of rakhis are something that your brother would like to flaunt on his wrist. Bracelet rakhis also complement every type of attire, whether ethnic or western.

 

The Musical Rakhi

Musical rakhis are ideal for children. Apart from all sort of cartoon rakhis, a musical rakhi makes a unique rakhi for the kids. However, these are one of the most expensive rakhis

Musical Rakhi is also a designer rakhi in an interesting shape of musical instruments like a guitar or a piano or teddy bear. Kids just love Musical Rakhis and hence they make one of the trendiest rakhis.

Rakhi gifts for sister
Rakhi gifts for sister. flickr

Also read: August 7 is Rakshabandhan: Hindu Festival that Celebrates Brother-Sister Bond can be traced back to Indus Valley Civilization

These were some of the trediest rakhis that you can dhop for your brother on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. These rakhis are easily available on gift shops, markets, and online gift portals. However, if you want a good quality of rakhi then, you should prefer buying them from reputed gift portals.