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Limassol's March 25th parade keeps tradition alive

Vibrant display of Greek pride captured in photos

Charalambos Stylianou

In the heart of Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, Minister Marios Hartsiotis led a lively parade, bringing together people from all walks of life. This event wasn't just about celebrating, it was a chance to honor Greece's journey through time.

From unions to students and civil defense units, the parade was a colorful mix of unity. Minister Hartsiotis's speech echoed themes of faith and love for the country, reminding everyone why they had gathered.

March 25th isn't just any date, it marks both the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and Greece's fight for independence. This blend of religious devotion and national pride highlights Greece's rich history.

Looking back, King Otto's decision to make March 25th a National Anniversary was a turning point. By moving the capital to Athens in 1834, he anchored Greece's identity in its ancient roots.

Traditional customs, like fasting during Great Lent, add depth to Greece's cultural tapestry. And who can forget the symbolic salted cod eaten on March 25th? It's a nod to resilience and resourcefulness, echoing Greece's enduring spirit.

As Greeks come together to honor March 25th, they're celebrating more than just history. They're celebrating the values that make them who they are: unity, resilience, and a deep connection to their heritage.

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