Friday, 25 March 2011

Greek Independence Day

Happy Greek Independence day everyone!




I hope you have all had a great day! If you're not sure what Greek Independence Day is all about, I am going to whiz you through it now for you so you're all clued up!


So basically over 500 years ago Greece used to be ruled by the Turks, but despite them ruling over Greece for 400 years, the Greek identity stayed strong. On 25th March 1821 they decided to rise up against the Turks and fight for their independence.

This war went on for years, and the Greeks managed to get back a small part of Greece, although tens of thousands of people lost their lives. This was going on during the French Revolution so many other countries in Europe and America cottoned on to what was going on and decided to help out the Greeks.



11 years later, all of central Greece had been claimed back by the Greeks, and over the next 100 years or so, after more wars and agreements eventually all of Greece and the islands were under Greek rule.


The other reason as to why this day is so important, is because it is a Holy day. On this day, the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was going to give birth to the Son of God.


So that's the basic run down of it. If you're interested, I have included a video of Barak Obama, the Greek President and Archbishop at the Whitehouse which celebrates this special day




So what did you do today to celebrate Greek Independence Day?

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