Reminder: Another public holiday on the way

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Reminder: Another public holiday on the way
Added: 22-10-2018 02:07

A number of parades and church services will be held across Cyprus on Sunday to mark Ochi Day which is a Public Holiday.

The word ‘Ochi’ simply means ‘No’. It marks the anniversary of the day the Greek leader Ioannis Metaxas rejected the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Mussolini on October 28th 1940. When he asked if Axis forces could use Greek territory to gain access to areas of Europe not already occupied by Hitler and Mussolini, Metaxas said ‘No!’

Prime Minister Metaxas had deliberately done his best to keep Greece neutral in the early months of World War II, but the ultimatum tipped any chance of allegiance and Greece became allied with Britain.

Ochi Day, sometimes known as Ohi or Oxi Day, is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on October 28th each year.

A recent survey by the UK based company Esri has shown that Cyprus (along with Slovakia) have 15 bank holidays, more than any other EU country. England and Wales have eight bank holidays, the fewest among the EU bloc.

Greece, Malta and Lithuania are in second place with 14 bank holidays, followed with Austria, Portugal and Slovenia with 13.

Added: 22-10-2018

Reminder: Another public holiday on the way

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