The Greek Independence Day

by Penny BroJacquie

The Greek Independence Day is celebrated on March 25th. It’s a national day and the streets are filled with parades. It’s the day a military parade takes place in central Athens, so be aware of this if you plan to visit the city on this date.

The Fall of Constantinople (now called Instabul as it is called in Turkish language) in 1453 marked the end of Byzantine sovereignty and Greeks remained under the Ottoman rule for nearly 400 years.

The Greek War of Independence was supported by significant intellectuals of the day, such as English nobleman Lord Byron.

March 25 is also a religious holiday. On this day Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Annunciation.

Major festivals are held in the islands of Tinos and Hydra. This last one is the place where the story of my first novel is taking place…

In this oil painting (by Theodoros Vryzakis) Bishop Germanos of old Patras city is blessing the Greek banner at Agia Lavra Monastery, giving the sign of the outbreak.

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