Tuesday, 6 January 2015

θεοφανια ...

Today is the celebration of Theofania or Epiphany ...

This is the day that celebrates the baptism of Jesus, a blessing made with water. So here in Greece there will be a blessing of the water by the local Pappa.

Our very own Pappa Yorgos, has been reminding us of the event since 06:15am. With a hearty ringing of the church bells, at Tries Hieraches.

Then a little later after the church service, we will gather on the old harbour. There to see the brave swimmers leap from the Mata Hari into the icy water. Diving in to retrieve a cross, cast by Pappa Yorgos into the deep. He or she, will be rewarded for their efforts, by the residents of the village, as they pass by with coins as reward.

Captain Lambros, moved Mata Hari into position last night. No mean feat in the windy conditions. The smaller boat being used today, perhaps indicative of fewer swimmers, are taking up the challenge this year.

Its very cold, anyone taking the dip needs to be rewarded, along with the champion who retrieves the cross ...

Mid morning update:

They brave boys and girl did it ...

Pappa Yorgos prepares to cast the cross ...
Leap of Faith - The brave swimmers, dive into the icy water ...
I have it ...
They all deserve a medal, icy water and just before they took a dip, there were snow flurries too ...

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