People in Cyprus are proud of their culture and try to keep it in the society. For them, family is the most important thing and they always help each other whenever there is a problem. As family is on the number one list, usually children are expected to live and take care of their parents when they grow up.
In Cyprus, the older you are, the more respect from other people you will get. Older people are seen by the Cypriots as the wise people in a group.
The majority of religion is Christianity and Islam. Nowadays in the big cities, more and more people become either non-religious, or avoid the church services even though they have a belief. In villages, people still like to attend the services regularly.
About customs and etiquette, the Cypriots still hold their values like they were taught from a long time ago. Within a group, usually the oldest people get the chance to be introduced first. To greet someone, they lower their eyes, which is a sign of respect. Also, they will not call you by your first name, unless you mentioned so.
At a social gathering, the customs and etiquette that they use are different from some European countries or America. So if you have a Cypriot friend, it would be better to ask information about the cultures first, otherwise you would be regarded as being impolite.
When you arrive at someone’s place for a party or special occasion, you are expected to shake hands with everyone when you arrive and also when you are ready to leave. Also, during the preparation of the meal, which is usually offered, you better help the host to do it. After the meal, it would be also polite to help the cleaning up the table or the dish.