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National day of Greece
From: 2014.03.24 To: 2014.03.24
The National Day of Greece is celebrated on March 25 every year. The Greek war of independence was fought against the Ottoman Turks between 1821 and 1829 and finally a small part of the country was liberated. On March 25, 1821 the bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the Monastery of Agia Lavra in Peloponnese and a long-lasting revolution started against the Turks. The Greeks celebrate Feast of the Annunciation on the same day, so the countrywide celebrations are both sacred and secular. Needlessly to say the day is rapt with celebrations and commemorations. There is a full-fledged military parade with soldiers, tanks, jets and helicopters, firemen, policemen and representatives of all of the armed forces. The military parade alternately takes place in Athens and Thessaloniki. After this there is a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In their folk dresses people come on the streets and take part in the celebrations and there are school parades across the country. During various publically held performances people perform the ancient Greek plays, sing patriotic songs and recite historical poems. Due to a plethora of outdoors activities you may find traffic jams and blocked roads, and the only way out is to immerse yourself into the spirit of celebrations.