Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Epiphany in Greece : The Blessing of the Waters

"The Blessing of the Waters"

The Greek Festival of Epiphany, or 'The Blessing of the Waters', is held every year on January 6 throughout all of Greece. Young Greek men dive for a cross after it has been blessed by a priest and thrown into the water. The first man to reach the cross is said to have good luck throughout the coming year.

Young men diving for the cross
Photo Credit: Robert Wallace
This festival lasts all day, and includes the blessing of small boats and ships, as well as entertainment, music, dancing and food. People take bottles of the blessed water home as a token of good fortune for the new year.

How do you celebrate Epiphany? 

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