Οχι Day (28th October 1940) is the day that Emanuele Grazzi the Italian Ambassador in Greece received a firm “no” in response to his ultimatum to Metaxas. The story goes that they wanted to enter through Greece or, the Greeks faced war.
Metaxas simply turned around and uttered just one single word “No” or Ohi (Οχι in Greek) which resulted in a bitter bloodbath for Greece.
In response to Metaxas’s refusal, Italian troops stationed in Albania, then an Italian protectorate, attacked the Greek border at 05:30 am—the beginning of Greece’s participation in World War II (see Greco-Italian War and the Battle of Greece).
During the war, October 28 was commemorated yearly by Greek communities around the world and in Greece and Cyprus, and after World War II it became a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus. The events of 1940 are commemorated every year with military and student parades. On every anniversary, most public buildings and residences are decorated with blue and white Greek flags.
The people took to the streets in Greece on 28 October 1940 shouting “Oχι” and it has been celebrated as “Οχι Day” since 1942. But for me, Οχι Day means a Public Holiday which means no going into the office!
Today we’re planning a visit to Lefkara and Kalavasos villages as we haven’t been for a while now. If we cannot find anywhere to stop for a spot of lunch in Kalavasos, we will head down to the seafront at Zygi to one of the tavernas there.
So, we’re back! We had an excellent day out and spent longer walking around Lefkara village than originally intended. Managed to get some great photographs in some of the streets we’ve not wandered around before.
A small sample of photos here below plus a further link below to all 70 photos!
Link to my flickr photos taken in Lefkara Village today, 28 October 2011
I use a Canon IXUS 95 IS compact digital camera.
Below are some photos taken of other Οχι Days in Cyprus.