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March 25th Greece celebrates and the whole world with her…200 years of independence (Video)

25th of March – The Annunciation and the Independence day of Greece.
The 25th of March has a special meaning to all Greeks. It is a double celebration. As Orthodox Christians we celebrate the Annunciation (Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου), and also our Independence day.

Independence Day.

 Η Μέρα της Ανεξαρτησίας

After 400 years under Turkish rule, on the 25th of March in 1821, Paleon Patron Germanos (Παλαιών Πατρών Γερμανός), who was a Bishop, raised the flag of the Greek Revolution.
Greeks all over Greece started to fight for their freedom and were able, after many years of blood shed, to get rid of their conqueror.

Bicentennial…. a world wide occasion.

This year we will be celebrating the bicentennial 1821-2021 of our independence at it seems that the whole world will be joining in our celebrations…. after all the quote by English poet of the 19th century, Percy Bysshe Shelley “we are all Greeks” meaning that “our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, all have their roots in Greece. So, why not celebrate this occasion with our ancestors across the world.  2021 is certainly an important milestone for Greece and Greeks around the world.
Australia will light up the Sydney Opera House with the Greek flag in honour to the Greek community. Many landmarks across the USA and Canada and will be lit with our flag as well.

Military Parade, Air and Sea.

Τhe Greek sky will be filled with warplanes. It will not only be the American F-16 along with the French Rafale fighters and the talented Greek F-16 and Mirage will do a fly by over the parade., Also included will be the iconic American giant KC-35 refueling plane which is located in Souda.  At the same time, all Air Force aircraft will take off from their bases almost simultaneously and will fly honorably over Greek cities. Whilst American, Russian, French and British warships will dock in Greek ports, such a gathering of warships hasn’t been seen here since the Battle of Navarino.

On the ground.

A strong presence of military will be the highlight of the day in a military parade. For the first time, horsemen will also parade, with horses from the Armored Cavalry Directorate. A total of 15 horsemen will parade wearing 1821, Balkan war and World War I and World War II uniforms as well as modern uniforms. They will hold the historic flags from the nation’s struggles.

Special guests.

The French Minister of Defense will represent France as their president, Emanuel Macron can not come due to the coronavirus epidemic.

.According to information so far, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Misustin, the heir to the throne of Great Britain Prince Charles with his wife Camilla, and the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis are expected to stand on the official podium.

Celebrations In Pandemic situations.

It should be noted that the coronavirus pandemic shaped the celebrations to take place in a very different way. Although the whole Military parade will be televised, it breaks out heart that there will be no public presence as was done in years gone by. No school parades will take place marking a noticeable difference in our celebrations. In 2020 due to restrictions parades of any type did not take place at all, so perhaps we can feel a little relief that something is being done during these difficult times. Greece, after all, has done very well compared to other countries in the fight against our invisible enemy, covid-19.

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Annunciation – Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου

As I mentioned today is a double celebration. This is the day we celebrate the good message that was given by God’s angel to the Virgin Mary.
An Angel came to her, gave her a lily and told her that she will bring to the world the Son of God, the Savior of the world.
The name Evaggelismos comes from the Greek Word Evaggelia which means “good message”. On this day anyone whose name derives from Evan (Ευάγγελος) or Evangelia (Ευαγγελία), celebrate their name day.
Greek Flags will be flown from every corner of the Earth, from 8a.m in the morning of the 23rd of March until sunset of March the 25th, marking it a three day celebration.
As the days approach this important day, we wish all Xronia Polla… raising our flag to the highest point, feeling proud…  ΖΗΤΩ Η ΕΛΛΑΣ!!! ……..be proud “We Are All Greeks.”

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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