Oct 28, 2014

28 October Celebrations

28 October 1940 and 25 March 1821 are the two national holidays in Greece. On 28 October we celebrate the “NO” the Greeks told the fascist forces who wanted to advance in the territories of Greece, but were successfully stopped.
Many events are scheduled for today in memory of the Second World War victims.The church bells will ring joyfully at 07.30 while schoolchildren will lay wreaths at the Heroes memorial later. In the central churches, you can attend services and then the parade will follow (at 11.00).

In Fira, where the largest parade is held, students from the schools, Air Force soldiers and the local Cretan and Pontiac Associations with their impressive traditional costumes will participate. The Municipal Band will accompany the parade with marches. At the end of the parade, dancing groups will present Greek traditional dances.
After the events, you can enjoy a glass of local wine in Fira, where you will have the opportunity to stroll and go shopping. If you want to eat lunch at one of the fine restaurants of the island, make your reservations early, because many people will opt to have lunch in a restaurant.