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Epiphany Cross amid freezing temperatures: a test for the real brave (videos)

The Epiphany tradition of Greek Orthodox Church turned into a real test for the faithful and brave divers this year. The cold was biting, strong winds were blowing from the North. This did not hinder the faithful divers to jump into ice-cold waters, catch the Cross and receive the blessings of the local priest.

Thessaloniki 1 ° Celsius: 20 divers jumped in to the sea, a 13-year-old boy caught the cross

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Nikos Atarnanidis, 13, cought the cross in Thessaloniki

 

Athens 3° Celsius: men from Navy Special Forces jumped for the Cross

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Patras 6° Celsius: several private divers

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Chios 4° Celsius: several private divers

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Volos Epiphany under snowfall

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Ιn Rethymnon, Crete, some brave ones, decided to jump into the lake where famous crocodile Sifis enjoys a peaceful life.  So far, no updates available.

Video before the Epiphany, reporter speaks with several divers

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In general, the Epiphany Blessing of Waters was celebrated with the presence of politicians and local dignitaries who after the blessing mostly sought nearby tavernas for pre-election chat with party officials and voters.

 

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