Photos from Epiphany in Greece

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Photos from Epiphany in Greece

All the following photos were taken at the fishing port of Kokkinos Pirgos on the south coast of the Heraklion district.

People started gathering by the port at 2:30 pm and the priests together with the authorities arrived at 3:00 pm and the sanctification ceremony started.

Young men were waiting in their bathing suits to jump into the water and catch the holy cross.

Epiphany in Greece

A young man dives into the sea.

 

Epiphany in Greece

The priest throws the holy cross into the sea.

 

The young men compete for the cross.

 

Epiphany in Greece

A man has caught the holy cross. He will enjoy good luck during the entire year.

 

Epiphany in Greece

There are boats gathered around and they sound their horns and shoot flares to celebrate the retrieving of the holy cross and the blessing of the water.

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