Epiphany is celebrated throughout Greece with a Blessing of the Waters and of all the vessels that sail thereon. One particular ceremony is widespread throughout the country, but most famously in Athens' port city of Piraeus. It takes place generally in the month of January.
While the biggest observance is at Piraeus.Many islands and villages offer smaller versions of the event, where a cross of gold is hurled far into a lake or river and a shivering crew of waiting swimmers then dive in to retrieve it.The main celebrations take place in Piraeus harbor and many other parts of the country may hold a similar ceremony at the seafront, a lake or a river.
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