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Glimpses of the journey and Crete.
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Friday Jan. 6, 2012 - Theophany in Kalyves.
The Theophany Day includes a long service in the church, blessing water, distrubuting blessed water, blessing the people participitating in the ceremony, and a procession to the beach where the sea is blessed by the priest throwing the cross into the sea. The brave-hearts dive into the sea to compete who's the first one to bring the cross back to the priest. The competition is repeated three times.
The cross in the priest's hand is also used in the next step of the day's ceremony.
After the Theophany ceremonies we had an excellent dinner, prepared by Irmeli, in Mikko's and Irmeli's present apartment!
Very shortly after we came back home there was a total electricity black-out in the area. We are enviously looking at lights shining opposite our village, in the direction of Armeni, etc. in the south. So most of this has been written in candle-light. Be blessed you laptop with a decent battery!
The weather aftercast for today and last night in Kalyves:
Today's high +17.6°C. Last night's low +4.6°C.