March 25th is a very special day for Greeks.
so here is a photo of my Greek cat being patriotic…..
It marks the national holiday celebrated annually in Greece commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. Today also coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God. 25th March is exactly nine months before Christmas!
The country celebrates the holiday in two ways – with Parades and Bakaliaros (Cod fish). A custom across the country on this day is to eat crispy, fried Cod fish with garlic sauce (Bakaliaros skordalia) ! This has to do with Lent, where no animals or animal products should be eaten. However the Orthodox Church allowed an exception for the celebration of the Annunciation and that is the Cod fish!
My cat Artemis will be celebrating with a special dish of fish. I’m sure her ears always prick up at the sound of the Greek national anthem……