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Public holidays

Public holidays

The following is a list of public holidays in Greece when almost everything (public services, shops, etc.) is closed.

 

New year's day (1 January): First day of the new year

 

Epiphany (6 January): Celebration of the baptism of Christ by St. John the Baptist, in the Jordan river.

 

Clean Monday (14 March): The celebration date changes every year. It is a day of fasting for Christians marking the beginning of Lent for the orthodox church as well as the ending of the Carnival season.

Anniversary of the revolution of 1821 (25 March): Double celebration for Greeks, as the national revolution against the Turks in 1821, as well as the Annunciation of Virgin Mary, the announcement of the happy news by Archangel Gabriel to Mariam regarding the birth of Jesus Christ, are both celebrated on this day.

Good Friday (14 April): The celebration date changes every year. The day commemorating Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

Holy Saturday (15 April): The celebration date changes every year. The last day of Holy Week and of Lent. At midnight the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated.

Easter Sunday (16 April): The celebration date changes every year. The most important Christian celebration, celebrating the Resurrection of Christ.

Easter Monday (17 April): The celebration date changes every year. The second day of Easter.

International Workers day (1 May): Dedicated to the Chicago workers riot in May 1886 demanding an 8-hour work day and better working conditions.

Dormition of Virgin Mary (15 August): One of the most important orthodox celebrations, celebrating the passing and burial of Virgin Mary, with glorious ceremonies in many parts of Greece.

St Dimitrios Memorial Day/Thessaloniki's Liberation from the Ottoman Rule Day (26 October): St Dimitrios is Thessaloniki's patron saint and his memorial day also marks the celebrations of the city's liberation from the Ottomans in 1912.

"No" Day (28 October): On this day the Greeks celebrate dictator Ioannis Metaxas's refusal, on 28th October 1940, regarding Italian claims, leading to Greece taking part in WWII.

Christmas (25 December): One of the most glorious celebration of Christianity, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Synaxis of Theotokos (26 December): Second day of Christmas and celebration of Synaxis of Theotokos, congregation of all believers to honour the Mother of our Saviour.