Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Greek National Day

Greek National Day (also known as Ohi Day) is a public holiday in Cyprus that's celebrated on October 28.

On October 28, 1940, Ioannis Metaxas (the Greek military leader) received an ultimatum by Benito Mussolini (the Italian leader), in which demanded that Greece allow the Axis forces to enter Greek territory.  However, Metaxas rejected this ultimatum, by stating, "Then it is war."  After refusing this ultimatum, Greece's borders were attacked, which marked the beginning of the Greek participation in World War II. 

According to tradition, the Greek rejection was only one word, "No" (or "Ohi" in Greek).  Hence, the holiday name, Ohi Day.

Cyprus, as well as Greece, celebrates Greek National Day (or Ohi Day) with student parades and various festivities.

To view a list of the 2014 public holidays in Cyprus, please click HERE.  As the year progresses, plan to visit this blog to view updates and descriptions of the various Cypriot holidays.

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