25 March 2012

Independence Day - Hronia Polla!

Independence Day is celebrated on the 25 March and is a major national holiday.  It is the celebration of the rebellion against the Ottoman Turks, who had occupied the country for nearly 400 years.  Today in Ermioni, the day began with a mass service at the 9th C Byzantine Taxiarches (Archangels) church, in the old village of Ermioni, followed by a tribute at the museum memorial.  The final procession was made down to the port of Limania, where speeches were given and the laying of wreaths commenced at the war memorial.  The event continued with the playing of the national music and a march/parade past the dignitaries by children and students of Ermioni, who were dressed in national costumes.  Finally at the end, traditional dancing took place in the main square.  Today was an exceptional day, with beautiful blue skies, and many children taking part.

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