Thousands of Orthodox Christians turned out for Epiphany Day celebrations across the country last Sunday in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Melbourne’s blessing of the waters ceremony, traditionally observed on January 6, took place at Port Melbourne Pier.
A number of men boarded the Carolina Anne, the boat transporting the participants out into the bay, with 16-year-old Lucas Fraccaro from Essendon emerging soon after with the blessed cross in hand.
The ceremony was officiated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis with the assistance of Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis and members of the clergy.
The festivities continued in Port Melbourne, with everyone gathering to enjoy a feast of Greek food, along with entertainment throughout the day with live music and performances by the Manasis Dancing School.
A number of state representatives made an appearance on the day, including Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby; member for Albert Park Martin Foley; Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy; and the Consul General of Greece in Victoria, Christina Simantiraki.