Henley Beach Greek festival
The Greek Orthodox Community of SA presents the
‘Go-Greek Festival’ on 12 January at Henley Beach
incorporating the 2020 Annual Blessing of the Waters.
If you enjoy traditional Greek food, music, dance and
festivals, then come along to wonderful Henley Beach for
a Greek celebration for all to enjoy. Free entry all day
– great family fun!
The Blessing of the Waters ceremony is an interesting
event that everyone enjoys and one which is unique and
sacred. The most exciting is where the holy cross is
thrown into the waters. As the cross is thrown in by a
priest, men plunge into the waters to catch it and try
to outrace each other. Whoever manages to be the first
and bring it out is believed to be blessed with good
Every year, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its
most sacred days, the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany
celebrates the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River
Jordan. It is also known as the Feast of Theofania
because it is when the Most Holy Trinity is revealed to
the world through the Baptism of the Lord. On the Day of
Epiphany, the Church blesses the sea, the seashores, the
islands and those whose liveli hood is dependent upon
the sea. Everyone is welcome.