Ochi Day

Ochi Day

October 28
Ochi Day is a national holiday in Greece related to the word ochi, which means "no." (Ochi can also be spelled oxi; it is pronounced "O-hee," with a gutteral h-sound.) This holiday commemorates the day during World War II when Greeks said ochi to an attempted incursion ordered by Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini.
On the morning of October 28, in 1940, the Italian ambassador to Greece called on Gen. Ioannis Metaxas, the self-appointed prime minister, to demand that Italian troops be allowed to occupy certain strategic areas in Greece. Metaxas curtly responded, "Ochi." The Italians invaded, but were routed by the Greeks.
Ochi Day is observed in Greece with military and school parades; it is also a public holiday celebrated in Cyprus with parades.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Greece
2217 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-939-1300; fax: 202-939-1324
www.greekembassy.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 179

Celebrated in: Cyprus, Greece

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The post Cyprus marks Ochi Day with church services and parades (Update 2) appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
Late in the year, there will be an evening to mark Ochi Day, the anniversary of the day in 1940 when a Greek general said No to Italy's request, backed by Hitler, to occupy Greece.
The anniversary or Ochi Day (NO) was the rejection by the then Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum given by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940, who had demanded that the Axis powers enter Greece to take up strategic positions.
COMRADE Tof managed to justify the three grand a month we are paying him for secretarial services, by writing off congratulatory letters on the occasion of Ochi Day.
The post Cyprus marks Ochi Day appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
The anniversary, or Ochi Day, marks the rejection by the then Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum given by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini onOctober28, 1940, who had demanded that the Axis powers enter Greece to take up strategic positions.
The post Cyprus marks Ochi Day with events, parades appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
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Do we really believe in the existence of Cyprus when we celebrate so quietly Cyprus' Independence on the first of October yet mark Greek Ochi Day with military parades and fanfares later that month?
Liturgies and school parades marked Ochi day on Tuesday, marking Greek resistance against the Axis powers during WWII when Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas rejected the ultimatum given by the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on October 28, 1940, who had demanded the Axis Powers enter Greece to take up strategic positions.
We call on all those who desire, can and truly want the Cyprus problem to be solved, to turn to Ankara, so that it will put an end to its illegal actions and thereby made it feasible for the dialogue [on the Cyprus problem] to resume," government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said after a parade in Paphos to mark Ochi Day.
The holiday is known as Ochi Day, or "No Day", in Greek.