In the presence of Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa, the Greek community of Cairo celebrated the Ohi Day on October 28.
Students from Achillopouleios School and Cairo’s Ampetios School flocked to the centre of Cairo singing the national anthems of Greece and Egypt, traditional songs and waving the Greek flag.
The celebrations of the Ohi Day took place this year at the renovated Church of Saints Konstantinos and Eleni.
The festal events began on the morning of October 28, with the doxology presided over by Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa and accompanied by Metropolitan Nikodimos of Memphis, Metropolitan Nikolaos of Ermoupolis, Bishop Theodoros of Babylon and priests from the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
In his speech, the Primate of the Patriarchate of Alexandria said that he would celebrate the Ohi Day in Cairo from now on with the Greek Community while he would be in Alexandria to celebrate the Greek Revolution of 1821 on March 25. “My children, I wish you health. You are my children. Greece will never die because she is afraid of no threat.”
The President of the Greek Community of Cairo, Christos Kavalis, emphasized that the national holidays for all the peoples were moments of reflection which were always reminiscent of the difficult and glorious moments in people’s history. “For us, the Egyptian Greeks, who are delighted to have two homelands, Greece and Egypt, the Ohi Day is of great importance,” said the president who mentioned that our ancestors shed their blood for their homeland.
SOURCE: Greek Community of Cairo