Friday, March 28, 2014

March 25th

Α belated tribute to Greek Independence day 
celebrated on March 25th.
A National double holiday as we commemorate the start 
of the War in 1821 when Greece was still a part of the 
Ottoman Empire and the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary.

The wreath laying ceremony preceded the school
 parade and had taken place in the courtyard of 
St.Paul’s Cathedral. 

Watching my little girl dressed in a colorful 
traditional costume, filled me with joy and enthusiasm! 
I shared her momentum and impatience 
before the celebrations. 

In little towns like ours, we celebrate this day with 
school parades and all kinds of festivities. 
Personally, I’m not a fanatic of parades, I can't say 
that I like them but watching all these schoolchildren 
of all ages holding the Greek flag and marching proudly 
down the central avenue of the town, made my heart 
beat a little faster!

So funny applauding the nippers wearing 
 traditional costumes!!!

And a delicious traditional meal at my brother’s house. 
Salt cod fish, batter-fried and accompanied 
 by a tangy garlic dip, absolutely delicious.
This custom has to do with the lent before Easter.

It was a glorious day for the kids and the parents as well.
Thank you for visiting me, 
a very busy time for me now but I’ll be back soon!
Linking with "La Pouyette" and my dear friend Karin


  1. Lovely images to see Olympia on your National Double Day. Both you and your daughter looking beautiful bathed in the glorious sunny weather. How really sweet the tiny ones look, and that battered cod is very tempting.

  2. Such lovely pictures, Olympia! And the fish in batter with skorthalia was one of my favourite dishes.

    Warm wishes from France.


    1. Οh Stephanie, you surprise me with your knowledge about Greek gastronomy! Happy week end to you and your family!

  3. Nice to see your photos, so many
    cute children in wonderful costumes.
    Wish you a happy weekend

  4. What lovely photos - your daughter looks great! You look as if you have beautiful sunny weather already too. Have a good weekend. X

  5. Lovely to see the children in their costumes!

  6. This is so interesting. I'd never known about this holiday before reading your post. I love the costumes and the parade, and the food looks wonderful!

  7. I learn about this post Olympia....I didn't know this...
    What a wonderful clothes the childeren wear....
    You and youre daugther looked verry good...nice too see you.
    Have a nice Weekend.

    Inge, my choice

  8. Wat een prachtige dag en wat dragen de kinderen een mooie klederdracht!
    Je dochter ziet er ook fantastisch uit!

    Liefs, Gerry

  9. What a delightful post, I love the colorful traditional costumes and to see your daughter wearing one too!

  10. Happy belated Independence Day, Olympia! Your daughter looks so sweet in her traditional costume! The weather looks nice and sunny, which I miss as we've only had cold days of rain and snow - in spring! I've also been very busy visiting with family and friends, but it's been great. Easter will soon be upon us and I will miss how beautiful everything is on the island at that time, especially the flowering citrus trees!

    Have a lovely weekend!


  11. Dear Olympia,

    I hope the day was so wonderful like your pictures.
    Colourful impressions with so sweet little children. And your daughter looks very nice.
    The sun is shinning and the pictures looks like in summertime.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend with lovely moments

    Your Bluemchenmama

  12. Lovely pictures, Olympia! So vernal and beautiful. Happy weekend, Olympia!

  13. So nice to see all the little children. I hope you all had a wonderful day.

    Hugs, Ingrid

  14. What a wonderful day...I wish I could be there! In the lovely sun....
    Have a lovely weekend!

  15. Oh, beautiful photos of your national celebration, Olympia! How precious your daughter looks in her traditional costume standing in the beautiful sunshine with her lovely Mother. All of the children are very sweet to see, so charming with the blue and white banners overhead. The feast looks delicious and beautifully presented. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Hugs xo Karen

  16. Oh Olympia, these pictures made my heart sing. I loved every one of them. I am going to tell the girls to come over here and see them. This looks like a wonderful celebration. It touched my heart when I saw the sweet picture of the children. The outfits were beautiful, and your daughter looks darling. When Jess visited Greece, she said that the women looked different than most of the European women. I'm so glad to be a part of this special heritage.


  17. ps Is that you in the orange coat? You look so pretty. :~)

  18. Dearest Olympia,
    What a lovely post and quite a nice way to remember any Independence Day! This is good for the younger people to understand and appreciate the freedom that was won for paying such a high price.
    Your girl had a very nice and colorful traditional outfit.
    Lots of work for creating those.

  19. It looks very nice, and the food looks delicieus I wish I were over tere to eat some thing of that lovely food and the sun. Your girl looks nice.
    Have a happy weekend, greetings Petra.

  20. We arrived too late to watch the festivities this week. But in Astros the flags were still up giving the town a real festive air -- we are loving your Peloponnese, Olympia!

  21. Olympia - beautifully captured. Your photos evoke all the senses. F x

  22. Beautiful photos of a wonderful and important day . Nice to see you and your little girl in her beautiful costume . Have a lovely sunday , here we have full spring and nice temperatures, surely it's the same in Greece :-)

  23. Beautiful pictures dear Olympia,so important day!
    Everything looks beautiful,I belevie that you have been a great!

  24. Another event going on in another country that I had no idea about, finding out about this sort of thing is one of the things that I really like about blogging! I love all the children in their different costumes, it is great that they celebrate their heritage in this way. xx

  25. Many thanks for your nice words. Love your blog as well with all this wonderful photos!

    Wish you a nice week!

  26. Dearest Olympia,
    I think I can understand what you normally feel about parades, but the parade of adorable children in their costumes is heartwarming. And I can also well imagine how proud you were on your daughter - the photo of you two shows two pretty ladies, one in a wonderful traditional dress, the other young and modern. Thank you for showing us this beautiful and colorful Greek tradition!
    Warm hugs to you - and have a wonderful April-Start!
    xox Traude

  27. Dear Olympia,

    Many thanks for sharing your wonderful photos of your Independence day celebration and festivities. How gorgeous your daughter is with her beautiful Mother - also great to see all the tiny children in the traditional costume.
    Wishing you a wonderful April

  28. Hi Olympia,

    wow! Such wonderful pictures!
    So many colours!

    I like them all.
    Especially the one with you and your daughter in her gorgeous dress.

    Have a nice week!

  29. Dear Olympia,

    these are very impressing photos of this wonderful day. I like these country typical costumes so much and I can understand that the moment watching your little girl dressed in this beautiful costume filled you with joy. You can really be very proud of her. :-)

    Thank you so much sharing this wonderful post with us.

    Lots of warm greetings from me to you and have a marvellous new week.

  30. Lovely to learn about your local customs and culture - it all looks a very happy and colourful day! xCathy

  31. This is beautiful, Olympia! It's a pleasure to see your very sweet daughter and the parade. It's a little bit
    similar to what we have in may every year, May 17th we have our national day. And the children have
    national costumes, or they have their finest clothes that day. It's so nice to see the greek flag, I think it's
    very beautiful! Have a nice, busy week, Olympia!

  32. Such a bright and interesting post Olympia. I love to see the children in National dress, especially your daughter and with you too.
    Your blog is lovely. Thank you for visiting me.
    Happy days.

  33. Hello Olympia
    There is nothing like a parade to bring forth happiness from all age groups. Love seeing the little "nippers" out participating in their finery and the delightful caps on the little boys. Your daughter is precious.
    Your brother knows how to host a luncheon and I love salt cod. It has been a while since we have had it.


  34. Such colourful, vibrant pictures of a wonderful day, Olympia! I loved seeing all those adorable little children marching in the parade! Your daughter looks lovely in her special costume too.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

  35. Coming over from Karin's place, and I love it I'm following. So happy to know you !!

  36. Interesting to read about your independece day celebrations. We also celebrate our Norwegian Independence day with national costumes and childrens parades in May. It is easy to believe we are the only ones :) Thanks for enlightening me.

  37. Beautiful pictures, so vibrant with colour, Olympia!!
    It could only be, beautiful Greece...
    You and your very pretty young daughter are a delight to see...
    Thank you for sharing on this rather cool blustery spring day...
    Hugs Maria x

  38. Dear Olympia, what a lovely post! This is exactly why people flock to countries to like Greece, to see these magnificent traditions so unique to that particular country. I absolutely love it. How proud you must be to still be part of something that is so historic and so beautiful...wishing you a wonderful week! Sharon x

  39. Oh Olympia ...what a great post ! how lovely to see all the costumes ...and I think I remember your fabulous Easter celebration photos from last year so I know how big you celebrate ! aw you must be so proud of your daughter ...that's a lovely photo of you both ! your meal looks delicious I wonder if your brother is the cook ? have a good weekend ...Gail x

  40. I enjoyed reading about the Independence Day celebrations and seeing the photos of the parade and colourful outfits, Olympia. There is a parade in my small city that celebrates the cultural heritage of many groups that settled here and I remember seeing some Greek flags being proudly flown here last June.


  41. Hi Olympia,
    Lovely to see all the little children in their colourful costumes in the parade.
    Have a great weekend!
    xo Ingrid

  42. Olympia, this was lovely to see!!♥ Beautiful costumes and happy people!:)

    Have a fun weekend for you, my friend!!♥


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