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Greek Oxi (Όχι) Day October 28

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Holiday: October 28

Greek Flag Όχι Day is a national holiday in Greece and Cyprus. It commemorates the day of October 28, 1940 when Prime Minister and General Ioannis Metaxas replied "Όχι" (no) to Italian dictator Benito Mousolini's demand to allow Italian troops into Greece during World War II or face war with Italy. The Italian ambassador arrived at 3:00 a.m. demanding Greece give them free passage. Some say Metaxas' actual reply was "Alors, c'est la guerre" meaning "Then it is war," but Όχι! became the battle cry heard round the world for 70+ years.

Italian troops attacked Greece at the Albania border. The Greeks were outnumbered by the Italians in troops and weapons, but their courage and tenacity drove the Italians back deep into Albania.Read about the:

In Greece, Όχι Day is celebrated with parades and a show of the Greek armed forces. Parades, celebrations, and the waving of the Greek flag can be found worldwide wherever Greeks live.

Greek Oxi Day October 28