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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 January 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 JANUARY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The blessed waters of Port Melbourne Thousands of Orthodox Christians turned out for Epiphany Day celebrations across the country last Sunday in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Melbourne's blessing of the waters ceremony, traditionally observed on January 6, took place at Port Melbourne Pier. A number of men boarded the Carolina Anne, the boat transporting the partici- pants out into the bay, with 16-year-old Lucas Fraccaro from Essendon emerging soon after with the blessed cross in hand. The ceremony was officiated by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, with the assistance of Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis and members of the clergy. The festivities continued in Port Melbourne, with everyone gathering to enjoy a feast of Greek food, along with en- tertainment throughout the day with live music and performances by the Manasis Dancing School. A number of state representatives made an appearance on the day, including Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby, member for Albert Park Martin Foley, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and the Consul General of Greece in Victoria Christina Simantiraki. Men of all ages gather in Port Melbourne to take part in the Epiphany Day tradition. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES. PHOTO: CONSTANTLY FLASHING PHOTOGRAPHY. Sixteen-year-old Lucas Fraccaro emerges from the blessed waters with the cross. Semaphore’s 37th Greek Cultural Festival Semaphore's 37th Greek Cultural Festival is set to hit the foreshore this weekend with two days of Greek culture. Taking place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January, the event is an opportunity for community members of all backgrounds to get together in a family-friendly atmosphere. There'll be Greek community dance group performances, live music and traditional food and sweets on offer. Greek Australian journalist George Donikian will be the official MC over the two days. Established by the Greek Community of Port Adelaide, last year the event attracted a record 32,000 people, with similar numbers expected in 2016. For more information, visit www.semaphoregreekfestival.com.au or visit the event's Facebook page: 'Semaphore Greek Festival'. Entry is free on both days. Young dancers taking centre stage at last year’s Greek Cultural Festival in Semaphore, South Australia. Dancers of the Manasis Dancing School keep the kefi alive with their impressive routines.
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