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* Greek Independence Day 2020 *
Wednesday 25th of March 2020 This day is Greece's National Day and is always celebrated on 25 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 25 March, it is acknowledged to have occured in late March and it was gradually associated with the religious 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. Greek Independence Day is celebrated by Greeks around the world with get-togethers and parades in United States cities where Greeks have made their homes. 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. Melbourne Some year's, the Greek Guard performs a special ceromony at the Shrine. Commemoration involves a flag raising ceremony, laying of the wreaths and speeches by dignatories will be held at the monument of the unknown soldier on Rye Foreshore followed by music, dancing and socialising. LOCATION: Rye Foreshore
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