March 25: the Feast of Annunciation

From a Greek, about yesterday – double holiday for Greece 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

Germanos III of Old Patras | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Germanos III of Old Patras raises the Independence banner. Painting by Ludovico Lipparini, Creative Commons.

Americans may be familiar with the Greek Independence Day parade, celebrated throughout the States this time of the year. Even though the parade may take place any day between now and April, in Greece, it always falls on March 25th. To understand why this is such a big day for Greece, you need to keep in mind the date’s twin significance–religious and national.

In 1453, Constantinople fell. The Ottomans swiftly conquered most of Greece. A number of rebellions failed to ensure self-determination for Greece. This was a long-standing demand, as Greeks had revolted four times against the Byzantine Empire as well, seeing it as a continuation of the Roman occupation (it was only later that the Empire was Hellenized, finally stopping the revolts).

1821 saw the start of the rebellion that led to the modern…

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