The blessing of waters also took place in the southern corner of Greece, on the island of Gavdos. Credit: Press Office of Greek PM
Greece Celebrates Epiphany With the Blessing of Waters
Greece and Hellenes around the world celebrated Epiphany on Friday, one of Christianity’s most important feasts.
In the Orthodox Christian tradition, to which the Greek Orthodox Church also belongs, the feast of Epiphany is associated with the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River.
Epiphany customs in Greece and Cyprus revolve around the Great Blessing of the Waters.
During these ceremonies, which are held on beaches, lakes, and rivers, a cross is thrown into the water by a Greek Orthodox priest, and then boys and men compete to retrieve it so that they may have good luck throughout the year.
Epiphany celebrated throughout Greece
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