Ta Fota-holiest and sacred celebrations of Greece
The Epiphany is the second big holiday of the year. It's celebrated on the 6th of January.
The Holy Theophany, also known as the Epiphany, the Celebration of the Lights, or ta Fota (the Lights) is one of the most sacred and holiest Feast Days on the Greek Orthodox Calendar.
According to three of the four gospels, Theophany celebrates the revelation of God when, during the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist at the Jordan River, the voice of God is heard from Heaven saying, “You are my Son, the Beloved- with you I am pleased.” It is also the time when the divine presence known as the Holy Trinity came into being; in addition to God and his Son, the Holy Spirit was present, too, arriving in the form of a dove. Christ was baptized and with his baptism, he blessed the waters. That day, the Epiphany, was the day that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit appeared in front of humanity.
Also known as Fota, today is seen as a bright and joyful day for Christians who are blessed with the Holy Water, which symbolizes the cleansing of Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River.
For centuries, baptisms have been performed in the Jordan river, considered Holy by many religious communities.
The Epiphany is sung in many places in Greece on the Eve of the celebration.
Ta Fota is seen as a bright and joyful day for Christians who are blessed with Holy Water, which symbolizes the cleansing of Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River.
The most important tradition, which takes place amongst Greek Orthodox Churches worldwide is the blessing of the waters with the Holy Cross by a local priest. The faithful are blessed by the Priest who holds the Holy Cross in his hand and dips Vasiliko (basil branches) into the Holy Water and then sprinkles it on the forehead of each parishioner and this is also done during the blessing of Greek Orthodox homes.
When Priest throws a Holy Cross into the sea or lake and a dove is also released into the sky, then the faithful jump into the water to try to find the Holy Cross. The person who retrieves the Holy Cross and returns it to the priest is said to be blessed for the year ahead.
This Celebration concludes the big holiday period that starts with Christmas. It's worth mentioning that the day after the Epiphany on the 7th of January we celebrate St. John the Baptist. The person that baptized Christ.
Jesus Christ set the example for us to be baptized. He has told us, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”.
When we are baptized, we make a covenant, or promise, to Heavenly Father.
Holy Valley Foundation is a dedicated official source for all Christians all over the world to source holy water and holy gifts from Jordan River where Jesus got baptized.
The Holy Water from the Jordan River is distributed by Holy Valley Foundation. It comes from the depths of the pure heart of the blessed soul.