On 25th of March, the War of Independence in 1821 against the Turkish yoke after 400 years of slavery is celebrated. Specifically, it was the armed rebellion of the Greeks against the Ottomans in order to establish an independent nation, the Greek nation.
Apart from the national character of this historical celebration, the celebration of 25th of March is also a religious one. On 25th of March, the Annunciation is also celebrated and is one of the greatest celebrations of Christianity. The day of the Annunciation was the day when Archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Municipality of Chersonissos celebrates this national holiday with dignity every year. Specifically, in order to celebrate the National Holiday, the following events take place:
Greek flag-raising at the City Hall, the municipal and public buildings in all municipal units of the Municipality of Chersonissos as well as at schools.
Divine Liturgy takes place in all the Holy Temples of the Municipality of Chersonissos .
In particular, at the headquarters of the Municipality of Chersonissos in Gournes, there is a doxology in the Holy Church of the Annunciation.
Wreaths are placed at Monuments in Chersonissos Harbor, at Municipality of Chersonissos’ headquarters in Gournes, in Analipsi, in Chersonissos, in Malia, in Episkopi and in Mochos.
In addition, school flag parades are being carried out by the children and pupils of the schools of the Municipality of Chersonissos at the headquarters of the Municipality of Chersonissos in Gournes, in front of the City Hall, on the main street of El. Venizelos at Chersonissos Port, on the main street of El. Venizelos in Malia and in Episkopi, from the Primary School to Monument.