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Greeks of Australia Celebrate “Oxi Day”

OXI-day_AUstraliaThe Greeks of Melbourne commemorated OXI Day with pomp and circumstance. The celebrations took place in different suburbs of Melbourne, but the most crowded were at Oakley and at Northcote.

The celebrations at Oakley were organized by the Greek Community of Oakley and the Oakleigh Grammar School in cooperation with the Municipality of Mona. The Victorian state government is financing the event. Other nationalities participated as well, since they too celebrated the harmonious coexistence of the nationalities with tolerance and without racial discrimination.

According to sources, the celebration included a thanksgiving in the temple of Agion Anargiron, a parade, a laying of a wreath and a series of artistic events.

In Melbourne, the celebration of the “Ochi Day” organized by the Communities and Parishes Union of Melbourne and Victoria in the Holy Monastery of “Axion Esti” in Northcote. The celebration also included the typical Greek traditions such as the laying of a wreath and a series of cultural events.

Similar events took place all over Australia, such as in St. Demetrios in Moonee Ponds. In Shepparton, the events were organized by the retired officers. On October 28, the  Hellenic R.S.L will honor the OXI Day with a service at the Agios Eustathios Church. They will lay a wreath at the Australian Hellenic Memorial. A reception will also take place.

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