Get ready for a day of parades, parties and patriotic merriment as Athens celebrates Oxi Day in true Greek style.
- When? 28th October
- Where? Throughout Athens
- Price: Free
Parades, parties and processions - we're not talking about a New Year’s Eve blowout but a somewhat more sombre affair. Oxi (or 'No') Day in Greece celebrates Greek resistance towards the Italian's during World War II. And nowhere are the celebrations more energetic than the country's capital, Athens.
Military parades troop through the streets, marching bands play national songs and navy fleets flock to the harbour, all in celebration of Metaxas (the one-time leader of Greece) rejecting the ultimatum posed by Italy's Mussolini in 1940. Alongside the citywide festivities, Greek Orthodox churches hold special services of thanksgiving, while Athens' main thoroughfares become blocked with celebrating Athenians.
#travioortip: Be careful when out and about in the festivities, Oxi Day sometimes attracts protesters.
As with any patriotic celebration it's important to stay safe, so if there are any indications that Oxi Day is likely to attract protesters or rallies (check local news networks) then steer clear. For the most part however, this is a fun, fascinating and jubilant celebration that gives visitors a real insight into past (and party-loving) Greece.
- Get there: Fly into Athens and get around the city using buses and trolleybuses.
- Stay: Find somewhere centrally located so you'll be nearby.
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