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Greek Mother's Day Cards to Download

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Download here your Greek Mother's Day Cards for your children to print and colour in for mum this weekend!

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Mother's Day

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The history of Mother's Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother's festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother's Day.

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25th March - The Day of Reckoning

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The Greek Empire of Byzantium ended on Tuesday May 29, 1453 when its capital, Constantinople, fell to the Ottoman Empire. This day is considered the blackest day in Greek history.

By the end of the 15th century, Greece was under Turkish rule. Over the next 400 years, the Greeks were under the occupation of the Turks The passion for freedom is best described in the war song written by Regas Velestinlis (Ferreos) in 1797: "Better one hour of free live, Than forty years of slavery and prison".

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