Posts tagged ‘History’

March 27, 2012

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.
March 15, 2012

Halcyon days never came

by Penny BroJacquie

In Greek mythology, Aeolus was the god of the winds and he had a daughter named Alcyone. She was happily married το Ceyx, they were living in Trachis and they were often calling each other “Zeus” and “Hera”.

This angered Zeus, the King of the Gods, who threw a thunderbolt at Ceyx’s ship.  When Alcyone was informed for her beloved ill fate, she threw herself into the sea. Out of compassion, the gods changed them both into birds named after her.

These birds,  commonly associated with the kingfisher,  were said to nest on the sea.  Alcyone used to make her nest on the beach for seven days each year.  Her father use to restrained the winds and calm the waves so she could lay her eggs in safety.

Until our times,  those days are called Halcyon Days,  a bright interval set in the midst of the winter.

It seems that this year (winter 2011-2012), Alcyon decided to use central heating and Halcyon days skipped Greece !

As a result this winter was very cold with rain and snow. No sunny intervals have occured as it’s seen in the pictures above!

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