The 25th of March is one of the most important days in our Greek heritage. We have two celebrations on this day, the Independence of Greece from the Ottoman Empire, and the Annunciation of the chosen woman by God to bear our Lord Jesus Christ, on news from the Archangel Gabriel.
We were under the occupation of the Turks for four hundred years with limited freedoms for our language, culture and religion (politely said). All these years during the occupation, we maintained our identity and sovereignty by adhering to our values and our Christian faith. The revolution started thoughout the country in different pockets of resistance, one being on March 25, 1821, when the Bishop Germanos of Patra elevated the Greek flag on the Monestary of Agia Lavra.
The revolution of the 25th of March 1821 succeeded because our Greek forefathers, with supreme determination and huge sacrifices, believed in a single phrase, which was;
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“Better to have one hour of freedom than forty years of slavery”
Born in 1757, Rigas Feraios was a writer and intellectual who was of the first to organize a national movement to create an uprising and liberation of the Balkan nations. He was one of the leaders of the thousands of our predecessors that gave their lives for us.
Adhering to our values, culture, heritage and religion is the least we can do to honour our forefathers for the sacrifices they gave for our freedoms in today’s trembled world.
written by Sophia Mattheakis, Member