Επέτειος του «'Οχι» - Ochi Day - 28th October

 

Ochi Day is a Greek National Holiday celebrating the Anniversary of the 'NO'.

It is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on October 28 each year, to commemorate the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas (in power from August 4, 1936, until January 29, 1941) of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940 during World War II.

 

 

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Ochi Day 28th October 2015, celebration in Hydra Island, Greece, Copyright Kelsey Edwards, HydraDirect.com 2015 Ochi Day Parade

 

Please follow this link for an informatative article presented by the 'Greek Reporter' publication http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/28/oxi-how-greece-delayed-the-german-attack-on-russia-contributing-to-the-allies-victory-video/

 

 

In Hydra, the school children from nursery level to the oldest in high school, come together with the 2nd year students from the Maritime Merchant Academy on Hydra to attend a church service and lay wreaths in the courtyard of the Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (on the port) before a parade along the harbour, watched by their proud families and friends.

 

Ochi Day Service at the Monastery Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Hydra Harbour, Greece, 28th October 2015. Copyright Kelsey Edwards, HydraDirect.com Ochi Day Service at the Monastery Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Hydra Harbour, Greece
Ochi Day Parade in Hydra Harbour

Oxi Day parade in Hydra Island, Greece on 28th October 2015.

Posted by Kelsey J Edwards on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

 

Ochi Day is more of a political day than a religious observation although church and politics in Greece are so intertwined that a service is included to give thanks and those children who have performed well at school and have been chosen as flag bearers attend the service, while their classmates jostle good-naturedly in the monastery courtyard under the watchful eyes of their teachers.

 

Maritime Merchant Academy on Parade during Ochi Day celebration on 28th October 2015 in Hydra Island, Greece. Copyright Kelsey Edwards, HydraDirect.com. Students from the Maritime Merchant Academy of Hydra

 

Two weeks before Ochi Day, some of the school children start to practice with their snare drums so there is little chance of forgetting that Ochi Day is approaching!

 

Not only are the snare drums played with great enthusiasm, recorded music is played and it's generally noisy and a happy event which closes off the summer season in Hydra.

 

The parade preparations start at about 10am going into the cathedral, with the actual parade along the harbour front starting around 11am.

 

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