National Day of Greece

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Greece celebrates its National Day on the 25th of March.The ceremonial hoisting of the flag is performed in Athens, Patra, and Thessaloniki, along with parades with contingents coming from various sectors of the society. Major cities and towns also hold public musical events and parties during the holiday.The achievements of ancient Greece in art, architecture, science, mathematics, philosophy, drama, literature, and democracy have become legacies for succeeding ages. Greece reached the height of its glory and power, particularly in the Athenian city-state, in the fifth century, B.C.Greece fell under Roman rule in the second and first centuries, B.C. In the fourth century, A.D., it became part of the Byzantine Empire and, after the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, of the Ottoman Empire.The country won its war of independence from Turkey in 1829, and became a kingdom. A republic was established in 1924 and the monarchy was restored in 1935 with George II, King of the Hellenes, resuming the throne. …