South Cyprus will join Greece and other Greek communities around the world in marking ‘Ohi Day’ with parades and events set to take place across the island.
The October 28 event commemorates the rejection by Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on the same day back in 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.
‘Ohi’ is the Greek word for ‘no’.
During the war, October 28 was commemorated yearly by Greek communities around the world and in Greece and Cyprus, and after World War II it became a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus. The events of 1940 are commemorated every year with military and student parades. On every anniversary, most public buildings and residences are decorated with Greek flags.
The main parade in the capital Nicosia will take place in front of the Greek Embassy on Byron Avenue at around 11am during which President Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Ambassador Elias Fotopoulos, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias as well as other high-ranking officials of both governments, military personnel and of clerics of the church will be presiding.
A church ceremony will be presided by Archbishop Chrysostomos Ayios Ioannis Church which will also be in the presence of President Anastasiades and other government officials.