Day 4 in Suze’s Summer Challenge …… Today’s task –
July 4: The U.S. Celebrates July 4th as their Independence day.
What does Independence mean to you?
If you are a US citizen, do you have special memories of this holiday?
If you are from anther part of this big world, when is YOUR country’s Independence Day and how do you celebrate??
Did you know that, according to Wikipedia, Denmark and the United Kingdom are the only two countries who don’t celebrate an Independence Day?
That’s me screwed for today’s post then…..thanks, Suze!
However, I offer you an alternative….
As I am currently in Greece, I found out about Greek Independence Day, it is called Ochi Day (which means ‘no’ in Greek). This holiday is always celebrated on 28 October.
Here is some information about Greek Independence Day that I learned from the website Office Holidays….
28 October is the day of the National Anniversary of Greek Independence. It may be known as ‘World War ΙΙ National Holiday’.
The day is also called “Ochi Day” in celebration of Greece’s refusal to yield to the powers of the Axis in 1940.
History of Ochi Day
In October 1940, Benito Mussolini, the facist dictator of Italy, backed by Germany, demanded to occupy Greece. General Ioannis Metaxas famously responded “Ochi!” – “No!” in Greek.
That “No!” brought Greece into the war on the side of the Allies. Indeed, for a period, Greece was Britain’s only ally against Hitler.
Not only did Greece rebuke Mussolini’s demands, they seized the offensive and drove the Italians back through most of Albania.
Had Metaxas not said “No!”, its arguable that the Second World War may have lasted much longer. One theory is that had Greece surrendered without any resistance, it would have enabled Hitler to have invaded Russia in the spring, rather than his disastrous attempt to take it during winter.
How is Ochi Day celebrated?
The day is characterised by military parades and folk dances and Greek Orthodox churches hold special services. It is also celebrates in other countries where there is a large Greek population, such as the USA and Australia.