Saturday, March 25, 2017
Greek Independence Day
March 25 is the observed date commemorating the birth of the modern Greek nation. It was on this exact date in 1821, that the Greek flag was first unfurled to signify the start of the uprising against the Ottoman Turks who had occupied Greece for three centuries. This localized insurrection and the ensuing war led to the establishment of the Kingdom of the Hellenes (Greece) and the end of Turkish oppression.
What is now Greece had been part of the Ottoman Empire and dominated by the Turks since 1453. The Greek revolution commenced on March 25, 1821 when Greek Orthodox Bishop Germanos raised the flag of revolt over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Pelopannese. The cry, "Freedom or Death" became the motto of the revolution.
The Greek Flag with eleven stripes and the Cross of St. George
The revolt was concluded by the Treaty of Constantinople signed in 1832 by the Ottoman Sultan. The complete independence of Greece was recognized by the Ottoman Empire and guaranteed by the United Kingdom, France and tsarist Russia. Prince Otto of Bavaria became King Otto I of Greece.
Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!
Bare With Pride