Greek Independence Day commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. This war marked the end of nearly four centuries of Ottoman rule and paved the way for the establishment of the modern nation of Greece. The day is celebrated with various festivities including parades, church ceremonies, wreath-laying ceremonies, and performances of traditional music and dancing.
Greeks form one of the largest ethnic groups in Australia, with major communities in Melbourne and Sydney. The Greek independence struggle, which symbolises the fight for freedom and self-rule, resonates deeply within Greek-Australian communities. This day not only marks a historical milestone in their ancestral homeland, but serves as a powerful reminder of their own journey to Australia, often undertaken in search of liberty and prospects unheard of under Ottoman tyranny.
Greek Independence Day becomes a day of cultural celebration, bringing together not only Greeks but the wider Australian community. Major events occur in cities with significant Greek populations. Religious services are held in Orthodox churches, followed by parades featuring traditional Greek costumes, music and culinary delights. Greek Independece Day takes place on March 25th annually.
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