The 25th March is a National Holiday in Greece. On that day, we celebrate the Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution. It was a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries between 1821 and 1832 against the Ottoman Empire. The slogan of the revolutionaries was “Freedom or death”.
Following years of negotiation, three Great Powers, Russia, Britain and France, decided to intervene in the conflict and each nation sent a navy to Greece.
As a result, Greece was finally recognized as an independent nation in May 1832.
It is celebrated each year with a big parade in the center of Athens, starting from Syntagma square and finishing on Panepistimiou Street.
However, the 25th of March has a double meaning for Greeks. It also the day of the Annunciation, It is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.
This year, on Tuesday 25th of March2014 there will be free admission to the Acropolis Museum from 9am to 5pm.