Monday, 28 October 2013

Oxi day ...

Today is the national holiday in Greece, the day when Greeks celebrate the word “No!”

More specifically, the “no” or "OXI" that Ioannis Metaxas gave to Mussolini in 1940, which precipitated Greece’s involvement in World War II on the side of the Allies. Mussolini, who had occupied neighboring Albania, wanted to be able to occupy parts of Greece.


Metaxas declined the permission (and most historians think he did so in French,  his actual reply was, "Alors, c'est la guerre" (Then it is war).However the Greeks prefer the more direct Greek version.) "OXI" Italians invaded Greece, a few hours later; the Greeks pushed them back onto Albanian soil, handing them the first Axis defeat of the war. 



Here the paralia and Tries Hieraches Church have been decorated with Greek flags, and this morning there will be a parade down Papadamatis street, and along Palio Limani. 


Wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial.

The school children, and scouts will march in uniform. The student with the best grades gets to march in front of his or her class.

This morning Oxi day dawned like this ...






There is still a lot of colour, around ...


Plenty of signs of the winter to come ...


However now at 9am, the colour of the sky is as blue as the Greek flags. Its the start of another stunning day, here on Skiathos. Hope to enjoy it to the full ...

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