Customs of Epiphany in Crete

Epiphany is a great Christian celebration of the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by Saint John the Baptist. It is celebrated on January 6, and the name derives from the revelation of the three figures of the Holy Trinity that occurred then.

Customs of Epiphany

Throughout Greece, but also in countries where there are expatriate Greeks, the Epiphany customs are as follows:

The kids on the eve of the holiday visit the houses and sing the carols of Epiphany.

The “catch of the Cross” by the swimmers, called “Voutichades”. The priest blesses the Cross and then throws it into the sea. The one who catches the Cross after kissing it, wanders it around the houses and receives various gifts as he is considered, blessed.

The sanctification of the houses by the priests, is also customary.

Epiphany in Crete

In the past, but in some villages, even today, on the eve of Epiphany, the priest makes a small sanctification and sprinkles the garden trees, the olive trees and the vines, with holy water.

On the Epiphany day, the priests make the great sanctification. According to what the elders remember, they used to drink the holy water of the great sanctification in the church, as it wasn’t allowed to bring it out unless it was taken to a sick person.

Epiphany in Crete, is also celebrated in the traditional way with the sanctification of the waters by the priest who throws the cross into the sea and the swimmers dive to catch it.

Another custom maintained, in some villages, until today is the priest to visit all the village houses and bless everyone with the cross and a stick of basil.

In southern Crete the custom of “blessing the bells” still exists. Since the Eve of Epiphany, the stockmen of the area bring some bells from their flock to the monastery, to be blessed.

Then, on Epiphany day, they hang them to their animals, as they believe that is a blessing for the flock.

Προηγούμενο άρθροΔεν θα πραγματοποιηθεί επίσημη τελετή ρίψης του Σταυρού στα Χανιά
Επόμενο άρθροΒίντεο με την επιχείρηση εκκένωσης χώρου στο ΑΠΘ από την ΕΛ.ΑΣ.