Τα Άγια Θεοφάνεια – Τα Φώτα
Teofani from Greek theo “god” & phainein “to show”
A day always celebrated on the 6th of January!
Tom Stone’s Greek Handbooks,
by Lycabettus Press, says;
“In the Orthodox Church, this commemorates not the coming of the Magi but the baptism of Christ in the Jordan.
Thus, the central event of the day is the blessing of the waters, an extremely important ritual in such a
All over Greece, priests and parishioners gather by the nearest body of water (the sea, a river, a lake) which the priest blesses and then into which he throws a cross.”
… and there will be boys diving in to catch the cross,
here always from a boat.
“Many Christians around the world annually celebrate Epiphany on January 6. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ’s life, according to the Christian Bible. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event was when St John the Baptist baptized Jesus.”
that was from http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/greece/epiphany
This is the only day of the year that you can, should,
fire your rescue lights and you will not get a fine.
Its about time to renew them anyway!