Greek Independence Day parades across Cyprus

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Greek Independence Day parades across Cyprus
Added: 25-03-2019 01:15

Today is a public holiday in Cyprus with schoolchildren and army personnel taking part in parades in all towns to mark Greek Independence Day.

Parades will be held nationwide meaning that some roads in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Paralimni will be closed for the celebrations.

March 25th commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821 - Greece had been part of the Ottoman Empire since 1453. The revolt began when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Ayia Lavra in the Peloponnese and the cry “Freedom or death” became the motto of the revolution.

March 25th is also a religious holiday celebrating the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her.

Road closures in Nicosia due to the parade are set to start at approximately 9am, in the city centre.

In Limassol, police will close Archbishop Makarios III Avenue from 11am to 2pm for the parade.

In Larnaca the parade will be held on Athinon Avenue - the road will be closed for most of the day due to the multiple events and will reopen at 8pm. Vasileos Pavlou Square, Makarios Avenue and Grigori Afxentiou Avenue will all be closed between 10:00 am until 2pm.

In Paphos the parade will begin at 11.15am, but roads will be closed from 9am in preparation for the event. Police said that the Grivas Digenis Avenue, Gladstonos Street and the Metropolis Square would be affected.

In Paralimni road closures are expected to start at 10am in preparation for the parade that is set to begin at 11am. Parts of April 1st Street will be closed until 12:30pm.

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Added: 25-03-2019

Greek Independence Day parades across Cyprus

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