In Greek the 25th March is a double celebration and holiday. The day has historical and religious origins. Greeks around the world celebrate the War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.
The War of Independence also known as the Greek Revolution or in Greek Ελληνική Επανάσταση was waged between 1821 and lasted until the 1830’s. Greeks around the world celebrate the 25 by gathering to honour the revolution and the freedoms it has brought to us today.
In parallel the 25th of March is significant because the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Annunciation by archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she should become the mother of Jesus Christ the Son of God. 25th March is exactly nine months before Christmas!
In Greek the 25th of March is a public holiday and we hope you all have a great day here in Australia.
Happy Australia Day from Pedia Greek School and here is some useful info on Australia Day.
Australia Day is our official national day and is celebrated annually on January 26 and commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, Sydney in 1788.
Australia Day is a public holiday in all states and territories and is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate the Australian culture.
Australia Day is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. Australia Day has become one of the biggest events celebrated in Australia and throughout our nation there are numerous events and functions to celebrate the day.
Happy Australia Day!!
Margaret & Anastasia
Have you ever wondered what a Greek Name Day is? Pedia Greek School will provide you a brief explanation of what name days represent.
According to Greek Orthodox tradition the majority of the days of the calendar year are dedicated to a Christian Saint or Martyr. If someone is named after a saint then the day is dedicated to the Saint or Martyr this is their “name day”.
Name days are an important part of our culture and there are numerous saints we honour and one of the most comprehensive lists of Saints and “name days” can be found on the name days website of the Church of Greece located here. The Greek version of the site is located through the following link.
There is also a Google Calendar that lists name days you can access.
Pedia Greek School will also be reminding children throughout the year of their name days as this is an important part of our culture.
Margaret and Anastasia