March 25th – A Dual Celebration

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A message from the Oakleigh Grammar LOTE Department

For the Greek nation, March 25th is a double holiday, celebrating a historical achievement and a religious event: The Independence against the Ottoman occupation & the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

A custom for the National independence Day anniversary of March 25th is the school parades, where each school all over the country marches holding the Greek flag. The student with the highest grade point average is the one to hold the flag and lead the parade. There are also military parades and folk dances taking place throughout Greece.

There is another custom concerning the religious facet of the holiday; the meal of codfish with garlic sauce, and even though this is the period of lent before Easter, the Orthodox Church allows an exception to celebrate this important holy event.

Even though this year there will be no parades and celebrations let’s hold the meaning of Evagelismos (Happy message) in our hearts and let’s all look after each other.

Mary

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