Epiphany – 2013

EpiphanyThe Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th. In Greece, Epiphany marks the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan with the tradition of the Blessing of the Waters.

Molyvos was bitterly cold but the risk of hypothermia was not enough to put off the brave (some might say foolish).  The village gathered at the entrance to the harbour wrapped in their warmest coats. Except of course for the hardy few who await the chance of glory in their swimming shorts.

After the divine liturgy, the priest cast the cross into the water and the brave volunteers dive in and race to and retrieve the cross.

Epiphany - The start of the race

We salute all the young men who helped maintain an old tradition and congratulations to Alexandros Moliviatis who got there first.

Epiphany - The winner holds the Cross high.Epiphany-2
The Winner

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About Robin

We started visiting Lesvos such a long time ago we can't remember when. We simply fell in love with the island in general and Molyvos in particular. In 2005 we bought some land and tried to manage the building of our house from the UK. Holidays became site visits and our house was [mostly] completed in 2007. In 2009 we sold up in the UK and moved to Molyvos. This is now our home and we count ourselves amongst the luckiest of the lucky. I am a member of the Molyvos Tourist Association, providing photographs for their brochures and general publicity. Most of my time is spent on activities to encourage tourism or taking photographs of one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also produce calendars and sell them on-line through Lesvos Calendars. Please visit and have a look. You can also see more of my photographs on my  Robin Sanders Photography website.

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