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Tarpon Springs prepares for Epiphany celebration
Tarpon Springs prepares for Epiphany celebration

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Tens of thousands of people will converge on this traditional Greek fishing village on January 6 for the 108th Epiphany celebration.  Epiphany commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist.

Dozens of teenage boys will dive into the cold waters of Spring Bayou, hoping to retrieve a wooden cross tossed into the bayou and earn a year's worth of blessing.

The Epiphany celebrations begin at around noon on Sunday, Jan. 5 with the blessing of the fleet.  Vsiting bishop Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias will bless the fishermen, their vessels, the water and wishes safe and prosperous journeys. The event happens at the Sponge Docks, on Dodecanese Boulevard. Both commercial fishermen and recreational boaters participate.

On Monday, Jan. 6, the festivities continue at 8:00am with an Orthos and Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 36 N. Pinellas Avenue.

At noon, there will be another blessing of the waters and the traditional litany procession to Spring Bayou at 12:30pm. 

The highlight of the event will happen at 1:00pm with a dove release and cross dive at Spring Bayou.

The Epiphany Glendi Festival will be held from 1:30-6:00pm at Spanos-Pappas Community Center at 348 Pinellas Avenue.  Admission to the Glendi is free and features food, drink, music and dancing.

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