Coronavirus may have stopped the parades, pomps and pageantry usually associated with the 25 March Greek Independence Day holiday, but it couldn’t stop Greeks from commemorating the special day of national pride and Orthodoxy.

In the morning, churches were livestreamed across the nation, whereas people later took to their balconies with Greek flags.

In an idea initiated by Glyfada’s Mayor George Papanikolaou, people headed to their balconies to sing the national anthem from 11-12.30pm. Church bells started to toll at 11am, whereas vehicles with loudspeakers drove around the streets to help spread the cheer despite lockdown conditions.

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Military parades did not take place, however fighter jets and army and navy helicopters flew over Syntagma Square to celebrate the occasion.

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