Independence Day

On March 25, Greeks celebrate the Greek National Anniversary, a major religious holiday with military parades in the larger towns and cities, celebrating Greece’s victory in the war of Independence against the Turks, who had occupied the country for 400 years.

Hydriots celebrate with a parade along the port front of the local schoolchildren dressed in traditional folk costume and marching to the beat of their own drums. (Residents will be well aware of the approaching festivities as the kids begin practicing their drumming skills about a week before the event.)

Traditional Greek dancing by the older schoolchildren follows the parade.