Despite the fact that Greece appears often as celebrating more than one National Days, namely the outbreak of the Revolution of Independence against the Ottoman Empire on the 25th of March (1821) and the Declaration of War against the fascists of Benito Mussolini on the 28th of October (1940), it is the former date that stands as the ‘real’ National Day for the Greeks.
The reason may be either the historical primacy of the Revolution’s meaning for the formation of the modern Greek state or the coincidence of that date being also traditionally held as the one of the Evangelization of the Virgin Mary by the Archangel Gabriel.
What has the GNM got to do with all these!?!
Well, beyond the Hellenic nationality of Alexandros (for the Norwegian counterpart please wait until the 17th of May!), the GNM feels the day today as a good opportunity for commemorating with a couple of photos a celebration that has great importance for the modern Greek Orthodox Presence in the Sudan, since the Archbishopric of Khartoum is dedicated to the memory of this major event of Christian faith.
And it is during this event that the compounds of the Greek Community see the parading of the school children in a traditional way; traditional in the unique sense of the coexistence between Greeks and locals in the Sudan.
Since our photos come from past years, the return to the blog action of apouro is most expected ;-)