On October 28th 1940, Greece Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, refused to accept the ultimatum of Benito Mussolini, the ruler of Italy, which demanded that the Greek army will surrender to the Italian army hence Greece will turn to be an occupies country.
The response to the ultimatum, given to the Italian ambassador Emanuele Grazzi was of one word ”Oxi” (in English ”No”). The proud expression of this ”No” is celebrates as a national holiday, the Oxi(No) Day, all over Greece, Cyprus and the big Greek communities all over the world. Mass fiestas, parades, street shows, music and folklore dances are part of the celebration. In the evening the colorful fireworks light the sky.
Military parades are held In Thessalonica and Athens.