Independence Day in Molyvos

Independence Day in Molyvos 2013Greek Independence Day is celebrated on the 25th of March.

It marks the anniversary of the raising of the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese in 1821 by Bishop Germanos of Patras.

In Athens, there is an impressive Independence Day Molyvos 2013military parade.

In villages of Greece, it is celebrated with parades by the children of the village. Many proudly wear national costume or their scouting uniforms. Independence Day in Molyvos was no exception with smiling parents and villagers lining the streets to watch.

Independence Day coincides with the Greek Orthodox celebration of the AnnIndependence Day Molyvos 2013 - 3unciation when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God.

It is also said by many to be the day that the swallows return to Greece, marking the beginning of summer.

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I will keep a lookout and let you know.

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We started visiting Lesvos such a long time ago we can't remember when. We simply fell in love with the island in general and Molyvos in particular. In 2005 we bought some land and tried to manage the building of our house from the UK. Holidays became site visits and our house was [mostly] completed in 2007. In 2009 we sold up in the UK and moved to Molyvos. This is now our home and we count ourselves amongst the luckiest of the lucky. I am a member of the Molyvos Tourist Association, providing photographs for their brochures and general publicity. Most of my time is spent on activities to encourage tourism or taking photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also produce calendars and sell them on-line through Lesvos Calendars. Please visit and have a look. You can also see more of my photographs on my  Robin Sanders Photography website.

2 thoughts on “Independence Day in Molyvos

  1. NICE pictures and report on the Independence Day celebrations, Robin.
    Re your reference to the fact that it is the day swallows are supposed to return, I think the swallows got their timing slightly out this year. The first barn swallows – not the red rumped variety that are often seen around the olive groves of Molyvos – have been around for a couple of weeks.
    Pantelis Thomaidis posted his first photos of swallows in the island more than a week ago on the Lesvos Birders section of Facebook.

  2. Thank you Frank. The first barn swallows arrived at our house this morning. We have really missed their chatter and it was wonderful to sit in the sunshine this morning watching the aerial acrobatics.

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