© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved
GOCSA celebrates Epiphany
Due to Covid restrictions, a much lesser crowd attended the
Blessing of the Waters ceremony at Henley Beach on Sunday
January 9th, organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of
Due to the restrictions, the traditional festival on Henley Square
was cancelled this year.
However, the much-anticipated Blessing of the Waters ceremony
and the throwing of the cross from Henley jetty drew around 12
swimmers, including three girls, each one hoping to be the lucky
one to retrieve it from the water.
This year the lucky swimmer was 30-year-old Chris Likouras of
The young man, was presented with a gold cross and a trophy by
the Community’s President Mr Bill Gonis and Archimandrite
Markos Papa-Panayiotou who also gave him his blessings.
Among the special guests and dignitaries were Matt Cowdrey MP -
for Colton Matt Cowdrey representing the Premier Steven
Marshall, Mark Butler MP Federal Member for Hindmarsh, Jayne
Stinson MP Member for Badcoe, Jake Hall-Evans - Liberal for Lee,
City of Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans, Deputy Mayor of City of
West Torrens George Vlahos, Councillor of the City of Charles
Sturt and new Labor candidate for the State Seat of Colton, Paul
During the official part of the festival, the Hon Matt Cowdrey MP
congratulated Chris Likouras for his effort to retrieve the cross
and thanked the Greek community of organising such an
important event for Adelaide.
A similar event was also held on the day by the Greek Archdiocese
at the Glenelg jetty.
Adelaide, South Australia