Epiphany; Blessing the waters of Santorini

You think it’s too cold for a dive in Santorini during January? Well, you have all good reasons to think so since we are in the middle of winter. (Yes, even on our magic island). But then, why are there so many young men doing it every year on the same day and what are […]

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The custom of “Kleethonas” in Santorini

In the Christian tradition, the 24th of June is the day of Birth of St. John the Baptist. In Greece, the celebration of this day was connected over the centuries with 2 particular customs; the so-called “kleethonas” (<gr. «κλήδονας»>) and the jumping over open fires that are lit in the countryside. They both survive from […]

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