National Holiday – Independence Day – Programme,  25th March in KISSAMOS

Greek Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on 25th March, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821.

This day is also one of the holiest days of the Greek Orthodox religion. It is the day of the Annunciation when the archangel Gabriel told Mary she would bear the Son of God.

The Municipality of Kissamos invites Associations, Unions and all residents to participate in the celebration of the National Day.

General information:

1. Flag decoration of public buildings and stores, from 8 am on March 23 until sunset on March 25, 2024.
2. Lighting of all public and municipal shops, banks etc. during the evening hours of March 24 and 25

Programme in detail:
1. Festive events and speeches in the schools of the Municipality under the responsibility of the Directors and Heads of the schools. 2. Placing wreaths at the Hero of the town by delegations of students led by their teachers and professors. 6:30 p.m. –  Great Vespers- Metropolitan Church of the Annunciation of  Theotokos


1.  07:00 am – the church bells will toll joyfully.

2. 07:00-10:00 am  – Divine Liturgy at the Metropolitan Church of the Annunciation of  Theotokos.

3. 10:30 am  – Official doxology at the Metropolitan Cathedral for the National Day and a speech on the importance of the anniversary by Marentakis Emmanuel, teacher of the Kissamos Lyceum. 
4. 11:30 am –  Memorial prayer at Tzanakaki square, laying of wreaths, observance of a minute of silence, National Anthem by the Philharmonic of the Municipality of Kissamos & the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos & Selinos, conducted by Mr. Koutsogiannakis Spyros,
5. 12:00 am  – Parade of students, clubs and unions in Skalidi Street in the presence of the city authorities. 
The parade will be accompanied by the “Irenaios Galanakis” Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Kissamos.
6. Cretan dances by dance groups at Tzanakaki Square.

Source: Municipality Kissamos, photo: kissamosnews archive


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