Greek Flag Day: October 27 | Greek National Day

“Greek Flag Day”, known also as “Greek National Day”, is celebrated on the 27th of October, one day before the “Ohi Day”. Helinika has gathered everything you should know about the national flag of the Hellenic Republic.

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About the Greek National Flag

The flag of Greece as we know it today was adopted in 1978. However, similar versions of the flag had been used throughout the years since the Greek Revolution, also known as the Greek War of Independence.

The national flag of the Hellenic Republic is blue and white and it is therefor called «Γαλανόλευκη» (Bluewhite). There is no specified shade of blue for the Greek flag. Generally speaking, the darker the shade of blue used, the more conservative the flag maker is. That is because a darker shade of blue was used during the years of the Greek junta. The colors symbolize the sea and clear blue sky; two of the most iconic elements of the Hellenic Republic.

There are nine horizontal stripes on the Greek national flag: five blue and four white. According to popular belief, that the number of stripes symbolizes the nine syllables of the historical phrase «Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος» (Freedom or Death). However, others suggest that they are a symbol of the nine Muses in ancient Greek mythology.

The cross on the upper left corner of the Greek national flag signifies the most predominant religion in Greece, which is Greek Orthodox Christianity. Religion plays a big role in the Greek culture, however, Greece is a secular state.

It is important to note that the use of the Greek flag is regulated by Law 851.

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