Epiphany 2018 (the Blessing of the Waters) – A Greek Celebration Rich in Tradition (Photos & Video)


Epiphany, also Theofania, is celebrated on January 6 and is a day of brightness, as Christians celebrate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.The most important ritual is the blessing of the waters with the Holy Cross by the Greek Orthodox priest. There is also the ritual of the priest throwing
..the Holy Cross in the water and swimmers jumping in the water to recover it. The one who catches the Holy Cross and returns it to the priest, will be blessed for the whole year.Like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the Epiphany holiday has its own carols (kalanda) as well. Children will sing the Fota kalanda in exchange for money and sweets.
Finally, according to popular belief, the bright lights of the Epiphany chase the mischievous Kalikantzaroi (goblins) back to the hollow earth for another year.