Greek sambists celebrated Ohi Day last week ©FIAS

Sambists in Greece have joined the public on the streets in Thessaloniki to celebrate Ohi Day, 80 years on from the first year the public commemorated the occasion.

Every October 28, crowds gather to remember Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas' rejection of an ultimatum made by Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini who ordered troops onto Greek territory, before being pushed back.

Athletes and coaches from the Hellenic Federation of Sambo, Kurash, Chidaoba took part in the procession - with events taking place across the country involving the military and student parades.

"Every year in our country there are parades dedicated to this holiday," said Merabi Iliadis, President of the Hellenic Federation of Sambo, Kurash, Chidaoba.

Ohi Day is celebrated every October 28 ©FIAS
Ohi Day is celebrated every October 28 ©FIAS

"They are also attended by representatives of various sports in the uniform in which they usually perform at competitions. 

"Of course, representatives of our federation did not stay away from such a holiday and took part in the festive procession."

Ohi Day became a public holiday in 1942 - two years after the incident.