Greece National Day 2019 – Today’s Doodle celebrates Greece National Day, the annual commemoration of Greece’s 1821 declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Parades in the capital city of Athens feature the Greek Presidential Guard, or Evzones, an elite soldier corps whose handmade ceremonial uniforms take months to make. The 400 pleats on the Foustanella kilts signify Greece’s 400 years under Ottoman control. After festivities come to an end, family and friends come together to feast on traditional delicacies like roast lamb, stuffed grape leaves, and baklava.
As revelers march through Athens’ cobbled streets, Greeks all over the world will mark the occasion in their own communities. The unmistakable flag, with sky blue and white stripes, waves above many Greek landmarks and homes everywhere—including today’s Doodle!
Happy National Day, Greece!
You can find more about Greece National Day 2019 on the official Google Doodle Page