USA: Greek-Americans celebrate Epiphany in Tarpon Springs

The annual Epiphany celebrations kicked off in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Saturday, where the percentage of Greek-Americans is the highest in the US. The annual January 6 tradition consisted of about 50 teens aged 16-to-18 diving into the Springs Bayou to race to retrieve a wooden cross, which was ceremoniously thrown into the city's Spring by Metropolitan Alexios Panagiotopoulos of Atlanta... Еще. Water temperature was about 56 °F (13 °C) at the time of the jump. The winner is said to be blessed for the full coming year. «It was beautiful,» said one of spectators, «It was awesome to see what other cultures do and how they celebrate this time». The annual Epiphany observance by Orthodox Christians represents the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Around 15,000 are estimated to have attended.

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