06 Jan 2020 Epiphany in Greece
Epiphany is a great annual Christian celebration of the Baptism of Jesus Christ on the Jordan River by St. John the Baptist. It is celebrated on January 6th and it is the third and last holiday of the Twelve Days (Christmas holidays). The name derives from the revelation of the three faces of the Holy Trinity that occurred according to three related evangelical cuts. The Feast of the Epiphany is also called Surface and Lights (or Feast of Lights).
In Greece, but also in countries where there are expatriate Greeks, the Epiphany customs are:
· The kids on the eve of the holiday and the next day sing the Carols.
· The lifting of the Cross (the “catch of the Cross”) by the swimmers, the Boutichtades.
· The one who catches the Cross after kissing it first wanders it around the houses and receives rich gifts.
· Sanctification of houses by priests.
· The “Wash” of images.
· The dance of the gecko.
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