The 21st May is a local holiday for Kefalonia and the rest of the Ionian Islands, as we celebrate the unification of our islands with the rest of Greece. Students from all schools participate in the parade and take part in many activities and speaches that refer to this historical moment.
In 1862, Britain decided to transfer the islands to Greece, as a gesture of support intended to bolster the new king's popularity. On May 2, 1864, the British departed and the islands became three provinces of the Kingdom of Greece though Britain retained the use of the port of Corfu. On 21 May 1864 the Ionian Islands officially reunited with Greece.