March 25th is the day of Independence in Greece. It was in 1821 that the Greeks decided to revolt againt the Ottoman Empire and -with the help of foreign powers of the time- finally managed to gain their independence and have a sovereign Greek State recognized in 1830. But the date 25 March 1821 is the (symbolic) day of revolt against the Ottomans and a National Holiday for the country, which conveniently fell on a Monday this year.
I’m not a fan of military style parades but this is the main way such events are celebrated here. Both school students and army regiments (is that what they are called?) parade in the central streets of each town. In the city of Athens, there is a school parade on March 24 (military style / marching in step) and a real military parade on March 25, both passing in front of the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square and then continuing on Panepistimiou St. (a.k.a. Eleftheriou Venizelou St.) till Omonia Sq. Due to the cutbacks of recent years, there are no longer tanks, or any other vehicles parading and no airplanes flying in the sky above. Only soldiers (and marine sailors, airmen, policemen, firemen, etc.) on foot. Good for air quality as well! More from this blog here

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