October 28

The Greek OXI Was a Message of Freedom to the World

Throughout the history of Greece, the word "OXI" ("No") was spoken to the enemy several times in several different ways. It was on the lips of Leonidas when he faced the mighty Persian army in Thermopylae many centuries ago....

The Statistics of Pride: Greek Resistance to Axis Forces Longest in Europe

Greece's resistance to the Axis powers during the Second World War was the longest of all the nations of western Europe, with the exception of the UK, which was never occupied outside of the Channel Islands. According to historical record,...

Greeks Mark "Oxi Day" with Spectacular Military Parade in Thessaloniki

Thousands of people gathered in the center of the city of Thessaloniki on Monday to watch the military parade to commemorate ”Oxi Day,” when the Greek nation said "No" to the fascist aggression in 1940. Greek civilian groups from all...

Sofia Vembo, the Singer of Victory

Sofia Vembo – The famous Greek singer of the 20th century, became synonymous with the epic Greek victories against the fascist Italian troops in 1940 and 1941 along the Albanian front. Born in Gallipoli in East Thrace in 1910, the...

Italian President to Attend Thessaloniki 'Oxi Day' Parade

A series of festive events commemorating Saint Demetrios, Thessaloniki’s patron saint, the city's liberation from Ottoman rule, and the October 28 national holiday of "Oxi Day," will commence on Friday in Macedonia's capital Italian President Sergio Mattarella along with the...

The Unburied Heroes of the Greek – Italian War

It has been 77 years since the beginning of the Greek - Italian war and many soldiers who lost their lives in battle are still lying in the fields and gorges of Albania, without a proper grave. Each year on...

Top Student Flag-Bearer in Patra is Middle-Aged Mother of Three

Mrs. Giota, aged 54, graduated from the 3rd Professional Lyceum of Patra with a grade of 19.5. As is customary, the top student of the class carries the flag at the October 28 public holiday. Mrs. Giota, mother of...

1940s-Styled OXI Day Parade With Mules Carrying Supplies to the Frontlines [photos + video]

Karystos, a small coastal town on the island of Evia, celebrated the Greek public holiday of October 28, 1940, in its own special way with a unique parade like no other. The event, transported onlookers back decades to another...

Acropolis Museum Celebrated October 28 with Free Entrance for Families

The Acropolis Museum in Athens will open its doors to families with children aged eight to 12 years old on the October 28 as part of the national holiday.  Families can explore the Parthenon Gallery with the aid of a new...

OXI Day: The Greek Word That Changed the Course of WWII Keeps Shaping Greece

OXI, the word NO in Greek, may sound like a negative. But it has become a positive word after PM Metaxas said OXI to the Nazi forces passing through Greece.