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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Thousands turn out for Oakleigh Glendi Grey skies weren't enough to discourage Melbourne festivalgoers over the weekend, with thousands turning out to enjoy Oakleigh's Greek Glendi. Organised by the Greek community of Oakleigh and Oakleigh Grammar, the event saw two days of music, dance and food unfold in the heart of Australia's biggest Greek community. Though Greekness was at the heart of the festivities, the underlying theme of the glendi was 'unity through diversity', showcased on Saturday with a number of cultural groups taking to the stage. Sunday's events kicked off with a church service at Oakleigh's Agion Anargyron, followed by a parade by the students of Oakleigh Grammar. A blessing was delivered by Bishop Iakovos of Melitoupolis, with City of Monash mayor Cr Paul Klisaris commencing the day's speeches. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and District, Angelos Sardellis, also said a few words, followed by Peter Cummins, deputy principal of Oakleigh Grammar. Present on the day were a number of political representatives, including Fed- eral Member for Higgins Kelly O'Dwyer, representing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews; Member for Chisholm Anna Burke representing Opposition Leader Bill Shorten; Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimpoulos; deputy leader of the Liberal Party, David Hodgett and Ross Alatsas, deputy chairman of the VMC. Concluding the day's speeches was the Consul General of Greece in Victoria, Christina Simantiraki. A wreath-laying ceremony followed at the Cenotaph in honour of OXI Day and World War II. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses those gathered at the glendi. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. Oakleigh Grammar students bearing the Australian and Greek flags. Dancing groups on stage celebrate Greek culture and entertain the crowds. Young festivalgoers enjoy the day with smiles from ear to ear. WA honours OXI Day The Greek community of Western Australia commemorated OXI Day with a ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Parish of Saints Constantine and Helen. Father Elpidios Karalis conducted the service in the presence of newly-arrived Consul of Greece Antonios Koliadis and Vice Consul Christos Kouvatsos. To follow, three students of Agios Andreas gave a review of the day's historical significance, and recited poetry. A memorial service followed at the King's Park War Me- morial, where wreaths were laid in honour of those who fought and lost their lives during World War II. The day's events ended with a dinner hosted by the PanMacedonians and Veteran Soldiers of Western Australia, where students entertained those gathered with songs and dances. te er da Queenslanders commemorate OXI Day Members of the Greek community across Queensland observed the 75th anniversary of OXI Day, when the Greeks said 'NO' to the Italian occupation of World War II. In Brisbane a church service was held at the Greek Orthodox Parish Community of the Dormition of the Theotokos, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The commemorations continued at the church hall, where students recited poetry and danced in honour of those who fought and lost their lives. The youngest members of Queendland’s Greek community recite poems and songs at the OXI Day commemorations. Dancers take to the floor in a celebration of Greek culture. Father Elpidios performs a church service on Sunday 25 October in honour of OXI Day. Wreaths laid in honour of those who fought and died during the Second World War. Students, teachers and representatives gather at the King’s Park War Memorial.
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