The Epiphany Ceremony in Larnaca - Fota
Trip Start May 27, 2012
85Trip End Jan 22, 2013
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My original plan was to get to St. Lazarus Church in the morning and then accompany the Cross with the rest of the people as far as the marina. I cannot even remember the last time I have been in such ceremony.
Unfortunately, I could not make it to the church as I had a meeting to attend to
I interrupt the meeting ignorant that every few steps the procession stops on the way and I mix with the crowds trying to find the best spot to take some good shots. I heard people saying that they were waiting out there for more than 2 hours!! I am at least lucky that I only came half an hour earlier.
People keep gathering and as time goes by the band tunes become louder and louder. It is unbelievable how slow they procession moves because the Church of Saint Lazarus is only a 5 minute walk from the marina!
In the meantime the sun is hiding behind clouds and I feel kind of cold at times but I cannot leave the spot I found and go to fetch my jacket
Finally the ceremony starts and the Bishop throws the Holy Cross into the sea. The young men you see in the photos dive into the water to retrieve the cross and return it to the priest. The Holy Cross is in the water three times, and the one who gets the cross first is supposed to be lucky the year round.
To make story short my (TravelPod) friend Mary, the one I met on my previous trip when I reached Platres is staying at a neighbouring hotel with her husband and children. They are here from Paphos for a few days touring around Larnaca.
I am happily surprised so we arrange to meet after the ceremony is over.
*If you wish to watch the whole ceremony click on the link below
I apologize if the video at times is not so steady. The zooming and distance, the rock I was sitting on are the three causes of shaking at times.