No means No.

28Oct06

greek.png Okhi Day

Celebrated throughout Greece on October 28 each year, Oki Day (also spelled Ohi Day, Oxi Day, or Ochi Day, Greek: Επέτειος του «’Οχι», Anniversary of the “No”) commemorates Greek dictator (in power from August 4, 1936 until January 29, 1941), Ioannis Metaxas standing up against an ultimatum made by Italian dictator Mussolini on October 28, 1940. This ultimatum, which was presented to Metaxas by the Italian ambassador in Greece, Grazzi, on October 28, 1940, at dawn (04:00 AM), after a party in the German embassy in Athens, demanded that Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified “strategic locations” or otherwise face war. It was allegedly answered with a single word: όχι or no. On the morning of the 28 October, the Greek population took to the streets [Such a Greek action – yet so proud], irrespective of political affiliation, shouting ‘okhi’. From 1942, it was celebrated as Okhi Day. Most scholars dismiss the political side of ‘Okhi’ as an urban legend, pointing out that the actual reply was the French phrase “Alors, c’est la guerre” (“Then it is war”). In response to Metaxas’s refusal, Italian troops stationed in Albania, then an Italian protectorate, attacked the Greek border at 05:30 AM. Metaxas’s reply marked the beginning of Greece’s participation in World War II (see Greco-Italian War and Battle of Greece).

The Greek word for no is όχι [‘o̞.çi], where ό is stressed and pronounced ‘oh’; χ is pronounced similar to the ‘ch’ in Scottish ‘loch’ — ι is pronounced like the ‘e’ in ‘he’.

During the war, October 28 was commemorated yearly by Greek communities around the world and in Greece, and after WWII it became a public holiday in Greece. The events of 1940 are commemorated every year with military and student parades. Most public buildings and residences are decorated with Greek flags.

|Thanks Wikipedia|

[Koroido Moussolini…me Ellines piges kai ‘blekses? 😛 ]


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