I know that on this particular day a lot of different customs take place in various regions of Greece.
This year I headed to Piraiki where I heard that there is a custom taking place every year. The place was special although it is in an urban environment.
There is a small church that is located on the rocks of the small bay.
The first courageous people who will dive in the cold waters to catch the cross were already there. Around us, lots of spectators, sitting on the rocks, were waiting to see the custom.
The priests were on a platform from where the cross would be thrown into the sea for the divers (around 30 at that time) to catch it.
Well, just the fastest one.
It was hard to find a good spot for photographs since on the left side there were already too many people standing while on the right side it was too close to the water and I would wet my clothes.
The priest throws the cross three times to the sea.
The first two times was difficult for me to take any photo because it was thrown in a opposite direction. The third time I was lucky cause he threw it towards the spot where I was standing.
After the end of the ceremony, I celebrated with lots of people in one of the famous “tsipouro” places of the area of Piraiki.