"OHI" Day celebrated in Greece

Western Thrace
Sat, 29 Oct 2022 6:19 GMT
October 28 "OHI" (NO) Day in Greece was celebrated with ceremonies across the country.
"OHI" Day celebrated in Greece

The "OHI" (NO) Day, which is the symbol of the victory won as a result of the resistance started by the Greek people against the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's desire to invade Greece, was celebrated with ceremonies held throughout the country this year, as every year.

OHİ Feast, which was celebrated after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, was celebrated with ceremonies again this year.

Ceremonies were held in Athens, the capital city, Thessaloniki, Patra and in all cities of the country, districts and large villages of municipalities.

In the ceremonies held in Komotini and Xanthi, members of non-governmental organizations carrying out cultural and sports activities, students from minority and majority schools, and soldiers made an official parade.

Both minority and majority people attended the celebrations held in Western Thrace.

Both minority and majority people watched the official parades together.

The 28 October OHİ Feast program held in Komotini started with the ritual in the church, just like the programs held throughout the country. Later, the authorities laid a wreath at the Kılıç (sword) Monument in the city center.

The celebrations ended with the passage of non-governmental organizations, students and soldiers.

Ohi Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

Ohi Day or the National Anniversary Day in Greece is annually celebrated on 28th October, it celebrates Greek's refusal to join Axis powers during WW2.

Ohi Day, also known as Oxi Day or Ochi Day, is celebrated each year on October 28 in Greece and Cyprus, and by all the Greeks living around the world. Outside of Greece it is also popularly referred as the National Anniversary of Greek Independence. 

Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28th October 1940 and the subsequent Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War and Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.

As a way of resistance during the Axis invasion and occupation, people came out to the streets, shouting "Oxi!" (which means "No!" in Greek). This is remembered as a brave decision by Metaxas and is believed by millions of Greeks to be a heroic act.

Ohi Day Celebrations: 

Ohi Day is a public holiday in Greece so holiday is given for the people to enjoy the celebrations. The day is characterised by military parades and folk dances and Greek Orthodox churches hold special services on this day. Most public buildings and residences are decorated with Greek flags with flag hoisting ceremonies taking place all across the country. 

People and local dignitaries gather in their town or village square to lay laurel wreaths at the foot of war memorials, and schoolchildren and students take part in parades along the main street, marching to music and singing popular songs.

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