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Christmas tradition of diving behind the cross took place in Istanbul

06.01.2018 74 просмотров

Orthodox Christians in Istanbul on January 6 held a diving ceremony for a wooden cross on Christmas Eve on the shores of the Golden Horn Bay in the Balat district.


Patriarch Bartholomew I of Istanbul took part in the ceremony of throwing the holy cross, which was performed at the Fener pier, and in 2003 he revived this Christmas custom, which is especially popular in Bulgaria and Greece.

This year, the cross thrown A 30-year-old citizen of Greece, Nikos Solis, who was also the leader of the swim last year, was the first to reach the cold sea water as a patriarch. St. Stephen in Istanbul, also called the "Iron Church". The opening ceremony will be attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

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