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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.
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.