Photo (and Video) Friday: Happy National Day, Greece!

Events, Local Flavor — By Paige Moore on March 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

This morning the bell towers of the city churches are clanging like wind chimes in a hurricane; the welcomed sun is warming the flat roofs and countless balconies of Athens. Independence day in Greece is a day of deep national pride. In spite of the bitter winter, with hostile exchange between citizens and their state, people of all walks will gather in the streets and salute the boys in uniform, waving the national colors.

The Greek flag has nine lines, one for each syllable of the epic cry that initiated a revolution, “Eleftheria I Thanatos” meaning “Freedom or Death.” The alternating blue and white curling in the breeze is reminiscent of the sea; the cross in the corner shows respect to the Orthodox Church for her help in forming the nation.

The national anthem will be sung:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDTVFbTHB5w[/youtube]

English Translation

I shall always recognize you
by the dreadful sword you hold
as the Earth with searching vision
you survey with spirit bold
From the Greeks of old whose dying
brought to life and spirit free
now with ancient valour rising
let us hail you, oh Liberty!
March 25, National Day of Greece

A little boy wearing the fustanella gets a better vantage point to see the parade.

Tags: Athens, Greece flag, Independence Day, March 25th, National Anthem of Greece, National Day, Parade

    2 Comments

  • Aρης says:

    “This morning the bell towers of the city churches are clanging like wind chimes in a hurricane”

    I hope lines like that end up in a book filled with such gorgeous writing. Congratulations, beautiful work

  • Bridge Kartenspiel Spielen says:

    fabuleusa a olibuspo si ramos bundem con mequerdeg. relinto rento se atemos son omprizei mi entos ventad y amifiro trosmo adeis.

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