Epiphany Day in Greece

6 January 2016
905 Views

Epiphany Day, also known as Theofania or Fota, is celebrated across Greece each year on January 6 commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, according to the Orthodox Church and the banishing of the mischievous Kalikantzaroi back to the hollow earth, according to popular belief.
During Theofania, priests in all Greek cities and villages bless the waters by throwing a cross into a sea, lake or river while many brave swimmers jump into the cold waters to catch the Cross and get the priest’s blessing for the year.

If there is no living water nearby, the Blessing ceremony is hold outside the church with a baptism font filled with water. People take the Holy Water at home and sprinkle their house, their fields, their animals and they also drink it.

According to Greek Orthodox Church, on that day a miracle happens as the nature of water changes and becomes incorrupt.

During Epiphany day, customs and traditions which date back to ancient times come again to life across Greece, such as Kalanda (carols), Rougkatsia and Ragkoutsaria.

You may be interested

Coronavirus Greece: 2,215 new cases, 451 intubated, 32 deaths
GREECE
shares37 views
GREECE
shares37 views

Coronavirus Greece: 2,215 new cases, 451 intubated, 32 deaths

makis - Mar 05, 2021

Greece announced that the new laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours are 2,215, of which 15…

Great city routes to explore on foot in Athens
ART
shares41 views
ART
shares41 views

Great city routes to explore on foot in Athens

Panos - Mar 05, 2021

Athens reveals its best charms to those who put one foot in front of the other! Whether you’re looking to…

Jerusalem Post: Turkey tries insulting Egypt, Greece in imaginary maritime deal – Analysis
DEFENCE
shares53 views
DEFENCE
shares53 views

Jerusalem Post: Turkey tries insulting Egypt, Greece in imaginary maritime deal – Analysis

Panos - Mar 05, 2021

Turkey has invented a new “reconciliation,” after attempts to spread propaganda stories of “reconciliation” with Israel failed last year. In…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.