Ohi Day

Ohi Day Quick Facts

AKA NameOxi Day, Ochi Day (in Cyprus), Το Όχι or Ημέρα του Όχι, Επέτειος του
Hashtags#OhiDay, #TheGreekFoodie
2019 Date28 October 2019
2020 Date28 October 2020
Ohi Day

Ohi Day History

Ohi Day commemorates the anniversary of the Greek dictator, Metaxas, saying “ohi (no)” to the ultimatum made by Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, in 1940. Italy then attacked the Greek border, which officially began Greece’s participation in World War II and automatically aligned them with the Allied forces.

Ohi Day is celebrated 28 October annually. It is a public holiday in Greece and commemorates a turning point for the Axis powers in the Second World War.

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Ohi Day Facts & Quotes

  • After Italy invaded Greece, Greece was quickly pushed back deep into the country because that were poorly prepared for war. Within four months, however, the Greeks had pushed the Italian army almost all the way back to the border.
  • Despite Greece’s significant military and preparedness disadvantage, they were still the first allied nation to win a land battle against the Axis powers during World War II.
  • Greece was eventually defeated by the Axis powers, after Hitler sent military aid to Mussolini, but the small nation of 8 million still held out longer than both Poland and France before suffering defeat by the Axis powers.
  • After Greece was defeated in WWII, the nation was divided between Germany, Italy and Bulgaria and the government officials were exiled to Egypt.
  • The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril. – Xenophon, Greek historian, soldier, mercenary and student of Socrates.

Ohi Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the military and student parades in Athens, Greece. These are large elaborate displays that are put on every year and it is a great way to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives after Greece said “no.”
  • Watch a movie or TV show about the devastation and horror of WWII. Some of our favourites are: Band of Brothers (2001), The Pacific (2010), Pearl Harbour (2004), Schindler’s List (1999) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hash tags #OhiDay, #SayNo and #OchiOchiOchi.
  • The “no” response was based on the belief of freedom and democracy. Learn more about the struggle for democracy and freedom in the world today. Civil uprisings are constantly happening even in our time.
  • Fly a Greek flag at your place of residence. This is one of the most common ways to celebrate Ohi Day and it is a symbol of Greek strength and solidarity. Most public buildings and homes will have a Greek flag posted.

Ohi Day References and Related Sites

Oxi Day
About Greece

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