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Festivities - "Christmas-New Years Eve-Epiphany"
 

Hydra island is fascinating during the festive days of Christmas, New Year's Day and Epiphany.... The Christmas tree, all the decorations and the festive bright lights.. the traditional decorative greek ship... all these things make a bright and festive environment for all the people and especially the children to enjoy these Holy Days and have fun.

It is noteworthy that there are decorative Christmas lights all over the large bell tower of the Cathedral, a very beautiful scenery and many decorations all over the Hydra island.

Christmas in Hydra island

Christmas is celebrated with special honor in all the parish churches of Hydra island. At the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, the Archbishop of Hydra - Spetses - Aegina, is doing the Christmas Divine Liturgy.

New Years Eve welcoming

Celebrations on New Year's Day begin with fireworks, peals of bells from the Churches and cannonading from the castle's canon at "Kavos" area.

In the morning at the Church Metropolis there is a festive Doxology for the New Year in the presence of the Mayor and the authorities of the island, followed by a reception in the historic City Hall of Hydra island. At noon, Santa Claus comes to the island and welcomes his young friends by giving away gifts filled with love.

At New Year's Eve the doors of the houses stay opened for the welcoming of the visitors.  The house owner hangs a ribbon to the quest's neck and invites him for supper.

Epiphany in Hydra

With religious splendor Epiphany is celebrated each year with epicenter the Holy Virgin Cathedral of Hydra island. The day of the Epiphany, after the end of the sequence of the Great Sanctification was formed great procession with hymns and prayers, which was directed through the old neighborhoods of Hydra - Kiafas-Gkourmadas - until the Square Kalon Pigadionn, where the priests of the island had the blessing of the two wells.

Near the noon, the procession reaches the northern breakwater of the harbor through the main street of Andrea Maiouli, so the Cross is tied with ribbon, fell to the sea from the hands of the bishop, to sanctify the waters. Despot chanting "En Jordan ..." and throws the cross into the sea, freeing from his hands three pigeons. The person who catches the Cross takes as a gift a blessing and a gold Cross.

EPIPHANY AT THE OLD TIMES

  

Sanctification in Hydra island, at the old days, took place on the eve of Epiphany, in order to expel the goblins. All housewives of Hydra, at the eve of Epiphany, went to the Church and after the end of the Liturgy, with pitcher transported the holy water on their homes, and then sanctified every corner of their home, as the cisterns and their wells. The rest of the holy water were stored in the icon for the rest of the year.

The procession of the Epiphany as the modern days reaches the northern breakwater of the harbor through the main street of Andrea Maiouli, so the Cross is tied with ribbon, fell to the sea from the hands of the bishop, to sanctify the waters. Despot chanting "En Jordan ..." and throws the cross into the sea, freeing from his hands three pigeons.

Also on Epiphany Eve all the priests of the parishes of Hydra hallow homes, shops and boats of parishioners. Then they all returned back at the Church to pray for a good year and for their health.

The children, who fell to the sea to catch the Cross, they took it and went with it around the shops and were given gifts and sometimes money. The Litany was very great with many people gathering. All the people were there and the bells were ringing for the event.

Epiphany in Kaminia location

The consecration of the waters was also being done by the parishioners of the Church of St. John the Baptist in the harbor of Kamini Kamini since 1963.

During the morning hours the submersion of the Holy Cross is being done and also the Blessing of the waters from the parish priest in the harbor of Kamini.

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