Greek Independence Day around the world in 2020

Greek Independence Day around the world in 2020
  How long until Greek Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 108 days.
  Dates of Greek Independence Day around the world
2021 Various Mar 25
CyprusThu, Mar 25National Holiday
GreeceThu, Mar 25National Holiday
2020 Various Mar 25
CyprusWed, Mar 25National Holiday
GreeceWed, Mar 25National Holiday
2019 Various Mar 25
CyprusMon, Mar 25National Holiday
GreeceMon, Mar 25National Holiday
2018 Various Mar 25
CyprusSun, Mar 25National Holiday
GreeceSun, Mar 25National Holiday
2017 Various Mar 25
CyprusSat, Mar 25National Holiday
GreeceSat, Mar 25National Holiday
  Summary
Greece's Independence Day is actually a holiday that has blended over time with an older festival - the feast of the Annunciation
  Which countries observe Greek Independence Day in 2020?
Cyprus  CyprusMar 25National Holiday
Greece  GreeceMar 25National Holiday
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When is Greek Independence Day?

This holiday is Greece's National Day and is always celebrated on 25th March.

Greece's Independence Day is actually a holiday that has blended over time with an older festival - the Feast of the Annunciation

History of Greek Independence Day

In 1821, the Greeks rose up against the Ottoman Empire which had occupied Greece for almost 400 years, leading to the war of independence.

Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the Greek flag at the monastery of Agia Lavras, inciting the Peloponnese to rise against the oppressors.

While the exact date probably may not have been 25th March, it is acknowledged to have occurred in late March and it was gradually associated with the religious Feast of the Annunciation.

Feast of the Annunciation

On this day in the Orthodox calendar, the archangel Gabriel appeared to the maiden Mary and informed her that she was pregnant with the divine child.

The first modern Greek state was founded in 1828 under the name "Hellenic State" and consisted of the Peloponnese and part of Central Greece. The first governor was John Kapodistrias who founded schools and orphanages and helped make great advances in the development of the Greek economy and education.

Kapodistrias is still honoured in Greece today; the Greek euro coin of 20 cents bears his face.

How is Greek Independence Day Celebrated?

The national holiday is celebrated with patriotic speeches, parades and military demonstrations. Across Greece, there are parades, organised by schools, where children march with the Greek flag while dressed in traditional customs.

The biggest parade takes place in Athens, where marching bands, military vehicles, and squadrons from the Hellenic Armed Forces draw thousands of spectators, including the president. 

Popular foods to eat on Greek Independence Day are bakaliaros (batter-fried salted cod) and skordalia (garlic and potato dip). 25th March always falls during Lent when eating meat and fish is not allowed. There are only two days during Lent when fish is allowed, and the Feast of the Annunciation is one of those days (Palm Sunday is the other), which is why eating fish on 25th March is so popular.

In addition to Greece and Cyprus, Greek Independence Day is also celebrated by many Greeks overseas, and large parades are becoming more common in United States cities where Greeks have made their homes, including Boston and New York City.

Each year, the U.S. President marks the occasion with a proclamation reminding citizens of the contributions of Greece to democracy, and of the ongoing contributions of expatriate Greeks in their new communities throughout the world.

Change your Hue lights to celebrate Greek Independence Day!

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