""Ochi" Day" Athens Local Custom Tip by janbeeu

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October 28th is one of Greece?s public holiday. It commemorates the day that Mussolini?s request to allow Italian troops into the country at the beginning of World War II was refused ("Ochi" being the Greek word for "no").

In memory of this significant day in Greece?s history, celebrations take place all over the country with lavish parades of soldiers, tanks and armoured vehicles showing their spirit and pride and the resistance that will exist for the generations to come. It is a unique manifestation of Greek pride and is a must see for visitors in the country at the time.

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2005
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