'A celebration dedicated to the watchful guardians of the Greek borders, the guarantors of security, peace and prosperity of the Greek people'.
Also a religious holiday, of course. The Orthodox church celebrates the entry of the Blessed Virgin into the temple.
Name day for virgins named Mary and Maria.
Non virgins celebrate on 15th August.
In Athens the day begins with raising of the Hellenic (Greek) flag on the rock of the Acropolis. There follows a service at the church of St Dionysios which is attended by all the bigwigs in politics and out, all the Forces Generals, Admirals and Air Marshalls in their dress uniforms with shining medals and sharply creased trousers. Important people then lay wreathes on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square. We see all of it on the news in great detail. The church service is usually shown live on one of the national channels.
Who puts creases in their trousers nowadays? Our PM doesn't even wear a tie. Ever.
On Poros there is a service at the church of St Nicolas at the Navy Base this year followed by coffee, drinks and nibbles in the Base dining room
Last year the church service was followed by a free feast for all retired and serving officers, local officials and spouses at a taverna. These 'lunches' can go on till dark and the remnants are then moved over to a nearby cafeteria till the last man drops. There has been some strategic belt tightening this year
- 25th November St Katherine
- 26th November St Stelianos
Name day for Stelios and Stella
- 30th November St Andreas (Andrew)
Patron saint of the city of Patras