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On March 25, 1821 the Bishop of Patra, Germanos, began the uprising that started the War for Independence. Today it is celebrated with parades by school children in many villages on the island. Independence Day also coincides with the religious Feast of the Annunciation, so it is also a religious festival.
The festivities begin on Good Friday with Η περιφορά του Επιταφίου “perifora tou epitafiou”, a candlelit procession of a shrouded funeral bier that is carried through the city streets to the local church.
Lesvos is a popular destination to yoga and alternative sport groups from all over the world from the early 1960s.
From ancient times, Lesvos has been a source of special energy and inspiration for numerous writers, musicians, artists and philosophers such as Aristotle and Theofrastus, Arion the Guitarist and Terpandros, Sappho and Pittakos, one of the 7 Sages of Ancient Greece. It is the ideal location for guests to rediscover themselves and to lay down mechanisms that will help them cope with the fast pace and the stress of every day life.
The 3-day festival, 5 – 8 September 2019, will be rich in events for both locals and visitors of all ages and levels, with teachers and specialists from all over the world inspiring and guiding us.
Celebration of Greece’s refusal to yield to the powers of the Axis in 1940.
In October 1940, Benito Mussolini, backed by Germany, demanded to occupy Greece. General Ioannis Metaxas famously responded “Ochi!” – “No!” in Greek.