The Epiphany

  • January 6th, 2013

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    Today was not a warm day for a stroll beside the Bosporus and no one with any sense was dressed in anything less than full headgear and warm winter clothes. Then again — for some there is a strong sense of faith in both community and tradition. Today is a special day for Turkey’s Orthodox Community, who marked the date of the Epiphany, or the revelation of God to the Gentiles through the form of the Christ. Into the Bosporus jumped four brave souls on the most blustery cold day of the season. We were expecting snow today, so you had to be brave to leap from the shelter of a boat to the warmth of a waiting terry cloth bathrobe. Nevertheless some young men from the Orthodox community did just that to mark this important date on the calendar. Once again, I’m grateful to have witnessed one of the many different traditions from an important cornerstone community in Turkey’s rich history.

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2 Comments

  • MarthaD. 01.06.2013  

    The brave souls jumped into the cold water to retrieve the Cross that has been tossed in the water and thus “Blessing the Waters”.
    Your pictures are beautiful and I hope one day to be in Istanbul on this special day. I enjoy your blog very much, thanks!

  • Manolis  

    What wonderful pictures! I re-remember the cold once again:)

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