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Epiphany in Kitries

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Thursday January 6, 2011

Kalamata, Greece

Caption: Epiphany in Greece is the day after the twelve days of Christmas, i.e. the 6th of January . It is traditionally the day of the 'blessing of the waters' when the Papas (priest) throws a crucifix into the sea and young lads dive in to retrieve it. Despite it being a beautiful day the water will be very cold and the lads deserve all the praise offered for their devotion. Yesterday the Papas happened to be passing our house as I arrived in my car. He stopped and offered me the crucifix to kiss before blessing me with the traditional Basil sprig and then spoiling it by climbing back into his car muttering something about 'xenoi' (foreigners) under his breath. I appreciated the blessing, however, as I don't often get one, under false pretences or not.

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2:37 PM GMT on January 31, 2011
grand photo! As Robin said, dynamic!
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4. RenoSoHill
10:10 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Great capture and explaination. I think I would rather celebrate Epiphany in church than diving into cold water. Both could be exhilarating!
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3. AERborne
3:29 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
I like the story too! Maybe next year the xeno-intolerant Papas can take a flying leap!
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2. CalicoBass
2:27 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Great shot and loved the story too!!
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1. trigirl
1:34 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Thanks for sharing this very interesting tradition Alan! And I loved your little story in the caption.
Celebrating life, Debra
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About Granddad


We are English, (except our dogs, who are definitely very Greek, having been abandoned strays who took us in out of the kindness of their hearts). We retired to Greece in 2003 to escape the phoney political correctness endemic throughout the Anglo-Saxon world and to mix with some real people again. We live in the Exo-Mani in the extreme South of the Peloponnesus, where the sea and countryside are beautiful and the weather is also less political (i.e. they don't tax sunshine yet). The site provides an opportunity for us to bore the whole world with our snapshots and for which we are duly grateful.

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