A born and proud Aussie, I'm equally (fiercely) proud of my Greek heritage, language and blood. Today marks one of the most significant days in Greek history and the Greek Orthodox faith. The celebration of Greek Independence Day; after centuries of unsuccessful uprisings and failure of the Ottoman Empire to convert the Greeks, The War of Independence began in 1821 rising up against 400 years of occupations and oppression by the Ottoman Turks - drawing inspiration from
one of the holiest days for Greek Orthodox Christians, the day that the Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she
would bear a child.