In honor and memory of a great and historic event, a major- and with high folkloric interest- parade takes place annually in the Sacred City of Messolonghi. The Sortie of the Free Besieged on April 10th, 1826 has been written in history as an example of courage and bravery.
Every year, on the Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday, the whole nation honors the big sacrifice of the heroic Exodus of Messolonghi as the poet and academic Nikeforus Vretakos said, "Everyone from around the nation must fervently and wholeheartedly congregate around Messolonghi with faith."
The revival of the heroic sortie takes place annually in the presence of representatives from foreign states as well as prominent representatives of literature and art from both Greece and abroad.
Messolonghi proudly welcomes the political and state leadership of the country, together with the arrival of the President of the Greek Republic. At the same time, the Sacred City welcomes many visitors who come as pilgrims so as to honor the greatness of this annual “funeral”.
The festivities culminate one week before Easter, in the procession of the Holy Icon of the Exodus, from Saint Spiridon to the Garden of the Heroes, accompanied by thousands of young men and women from all over Greece. On Saturday night, after the slow- paced night parade and a memorial service, the blasting reconstruction of the hero Christos Kapsalis with the participation of the Messolonghi choir takes