On Oxi Day it is tradition for people to adorn their balconies with Greek flags. But a Peloponnesian man has taken the tradition to new heights – quite literally.
To commemorate the national anniversary, deputy mayor of the Municipality of Argos-Mycenae, Yiannis Athanasopoulos has displayed his pride for those who courageously stood for what they believed in, by raising a giant Greek flag which covers the entire front of his house.
Located in the village of Neos Kios in the Peloponnese, the 140 square metre flag erected on Saturday ahead of the 28 October celebrations, has gained a lot of attention.
It is not the first time the flag has made an appearance at Mr Athanasopoulos’ residence; he erected the same flag on 25 March earlier this year to commemorate Greece’s 1821 War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.
Today Greeks around the world commemorate 28 October, 1940, 79 years since Greece’s former Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas declared Oxi (No) to Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini’s ultimatum to allow Italian forces to invade and occupy strategic locations in Greece – or face war.