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.
A young man dives into the sea.
The priest throws the holy cross into the sea.
The young men compete for the cross.
A man has caught the holy cross. He will enjoy good luck
during the entire year.
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.
to Epiphany in Greece