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National Holiday in Greece - 25 March

National Holiday in Greece - 25 March

The National holiday is celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, it commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration...

Lá Fhéile Pádraig - Ireland's National Holiday - 17 March

Lá Fhéile Pádraig - Ireland's National Holiday - 17 March

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March,...

The Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution - 15 March

The Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution - 15 March

The Hungarian Revolution of 1848–49 (Hungarian: 1848–49-es forradalom és szabadságharc, "1848–49 Revolution and War") was one of the many European revolutions of 1848 and closely linked to other revolutions of...

Christmas card 2019

Christmas card 2019

Congratulations to all our students who entered the Christmas Card competion! Well done to our winners: Maria Angeles, Dimitris, Marie and Lucia.

CES Christmas Concert,  13 December 2019

CES Christmas Concert, 13 December 2019

We like to invite you to our annual Christmas Concert on Friday, 13 December in St. Patrick's Hall. You will hear some festive songs in many European languages and the...

Parent-Teacher Meeting, Wednesday 20 November 2019

Parent-Teacher Meeting, Wednesday 20 November 2019

The CES would like to invite all our parents to our Parent-Teacher Meeting on Wednesday, 20 November in the CES section in St. Seachnall's NS. We are very much looking forward to seeing you...

Meath - The birthplace of Halloween

Meath - The birthplace of Halloween

Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in Co. Meath in the Boyne Valley more than 3,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the...

The Austrian National Day - 26 October

The Austrian National Day - 26 October

The Austrian National Day is celebrated on October 26 and relates to political developments after WW II. After the end of the War, Austria was occupied by the four Allied...

Czech National Holiday - 28 October

Czech National Holiday - 28 October

The 28th October is an unlikely date for Czechs to be celebrating their national holiday. After all, it commemorates the founding of a state that no longer exists. Czechoslovakia was...

Fiesta Nacional de España - 12 October

Fiesta Nacional de España - 12 October

Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad) or the Fiesta Nacional de España the national day of Spain. It is held annually on October 12 and is a national holiday. It...

National Holiday in Greece - 25 March

The National holiday is celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, it commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God.

Greece had been part of the Ottoman Empire since 1453. The Greek revolt was precipitated on March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese. The cry “Freedom or death” became the motto of the revolution. The Greeks experienced early successes on the battlefield, including the capture of Athens in June 1822, but infighting ensued. By 1827 Athens and most of the Greek isles had been recaptured by the Turks.

Just as the revolution appeared to be on the verge of failure, Great Britain, France, and Russia intervened in the conflict. The Greek struggle had elicited strong sympathy in Europe, and many leading intellectuals had promoted the Greek cause, including the English poet Lord Byron. At the naval Battle of Navarino, the combined British, French, and Russian forces destroyed an Ottoman-Egyptian fleet. The revolution ended in 1829 when the Treaty of Edirne established an independent Greek state.

In celebration of Greek Independence Day, towns and villages throughout Greece hold a school flag parade, during which schoolchildren march in traditional Greek costume and carry Greek flags. There is also an armed forces parade in Athens.

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