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The brave people who will jump in the sea and lakes all over Greece will be cold today. Today is the day of the cross. The official name is Epiphany (also called Theofania or Fota)  People with these names celebrate their name days today: Fotis, Fanny, Fotinie.

Today many people celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. Tomorrow is the nameday of John.

The most important ritual is the “blessing of the waters”, which is performed by the Greek Orthodox priest. There is also the ritual of the priest throwing a cross into the water. This ritual usually starts after the church service. Usually this is after 11 o’clock. On Skopelos all priest come down with a part of the congregation and walk to the small wooden dock that is placed on the harbor quay. The rest of the villagers are already waiting on the quay. After the water is blessed by the priests the cross is thrown in the water (it is attached with a cord) and swimmers jump in the water to catch it. It is believed that the person who captures the cross first and returns it to the priest will be blessed for the whole year.

From Astra Skopelos/Sporades tv


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Merry Christmas

Dear readers,
I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas. Take time to be with your loved ones en enjoy the special and normal moments you can have with them. If it is not the time yet to celebrate then hopefully you are surrounded by everybody you love. It is not about a Christmas but about being together.

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Christmas workshop

On Sunday the 23rd of December a Christmas workshop will be held in Steki at Rigas hotel in Skopelos. Young and old(er) are welcome from 11.00 hours.
Christmas cards and decorations for the Christmas tree can be made, cookies will be baked and there will be face painting.

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On Sunday at 17.30 there will be a Christmas celebration on the main square in Glossa.

On Monday it is the turn of Elios. The gathering starts at 16.00 hours.

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SIFFY 2019 is about colours. Do you want to support the festival so hundreds of children on Skopelos can be creative and make a short movie? They will be the stars behind and/or in front of the camera! Make it happen by donating and give the children and their movies a chance to travel around the world!

To donate, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/siffy-the-color-of-film?fbclid=IwAR2UfToQsaauZPwTm0FvDeubNwnIDp6uddL_yPkk4f9DS8j5NVK9sSBlBrc

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Today, the 6th of December Saint Nikolas is celebrated in Greece. Saint Nikolas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers and students. He is also the patron saint of the city of Volos. Big celebrations there today. Saint Nikolas had a secret habit of present giving and the tradition of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas probably originated from there.

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Sunday the 9th of December the annual Christmas fair of Skopelos town will be held again. The place to be is in front of the KAPI on the harbor front. The festivities will start at 11 until 5. All proceeds are for the schools. Parent’s board’s, and students of various schools will have their handmade Christmas ornaments and other small presents ready! There will be refreshments and entertainment!

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