Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a three-day national mourning for the victims of the train accident in Tempi that left 36 people dead, APA reports citing Greek City Times.
It comes into effect from today, March 1st to March 3rd, 2023 with flags flying at half-mast in all public buildings and suspension of public celebrations.
What does national mourning signify and when is it declared?
National mourning is a term that describes the mourning that comes from grief and sorrow for some unfortunate event and is officially declared by state governments.
It can come from the death of many people after a natural disaster, a terrorist attack or some other unfortunate event, as well as from the death of a particularly important person for a nation or people.
It is characterised by mourning that also brings about memorial activities that are observed in the majority of the population of a country.
During it, in some cases, it is decided to close public services and schools, to hang the flags at half-mast and other symbolic movements.
A similar manifestation of shorter mourning is the observance of a minute's silence at various gatherings and gatherings.