Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oh it would be Wednesday!


And today I'm going to be full of words.
January 6, 2009 - The annual Epiphany Celebration in Tarpon Springs
If you don't know about it (which probably you don't) boys, ages 16-18 are to write essays on what the Epiphany means to them and their faith. They are then chosen (or not) to dive for a wooden cross. Each year the cross is hand made, blessed by the Archbishop and the dive commences.
**I know I'm missing a whole part of what this is all about but wouldn't you know when I try and find something on it, I can't find it? But that's about the gist of it. Oh and the whole city shuts down LOL**

I've been down here 25+ years and have never once gone to a dive. Usually it's too cold, the boys dive into Spring Bayou which is a constant 72* but when the outter temp is in the 40-50's, that just screams too cold for me. Today it was gorgeous. These boys couldn't of asked for better weather. 78-79*, very slight breeze and a warm sun.

I share with you a few photos from Epiphany 2009

The boats which the boys dive from
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A few of the 65 boys that dove yesterday
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The first dive into the water to the boats
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Waiting for the release of the dove and the blessing of the water
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The releasing of the dove
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After the cross has been blessed and thrown into the water
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The Epiphany Cross holder for 2009 ~ Pantelis John Kontodiakos (17)
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It was such a cool tradition to go and watch. I know this has been over 100 years of traditions but I can't find the article that gives the exact year. If you want to see my full set of pictures...you can catch them on our Flickr


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18 have this to say:

angie said...

First of all, your pictures are so excellent. Crisp and vibrant and so clear. And the festival sounds wonderful!

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susieshomemade said...

Great pictures:-)

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Anonymous said...

Great photos, awesome sounding ceremony

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Kimber said...

Great photos.

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

This is one fantastic tradition! I really enjoyed this post!

threeundertwo said...

I'm Greek Orthodox, so I know all about this tradition. I think we visited the Church there some years ago when they were having their festival.

Great pictures!

Hootin' Anni said...

Absolutely incredible.

My Wordful is an update on Winston's Ladybug stool. Come on over if you can, I so love visitors and their comments!!! Happy day to you.

Lisa said...

I really enjoyed watching this. The tradition is amazing. To see such young boys so willing to participate in their faith/traditions is great.

Lisa said...

Thanks Angie!

Opes said...

Once again you never cease to amaze me the pics are great, wish I could Have been greek indian for the day LMFAO! Love ya! :-P

DNLee said...

That's nice. I know about epiphany, but never of a tradition to celebrate it like this. But you are in Florida, so that makes it at least bareable. I'm in St. Louis and trust me it is COLD!

brenda said...

Those are great pictures. Did you know they do that all over the world? Especially in Eastern Europe

Lisa said...

I did know that lol I know one of the Archbishops that comes for it is from Greece.

Jamie said...

What a truly awesome event. I'm impressed.

Elizabeth said...

That is soooo neat! Thanks for sharing !

Lori Downs said...

What a neat tradition! I have never heard of this!

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Debi B said...

What a fantastic tradition.
Happy WW!


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lisa's chaos said...

What a fun event! Great shots too!