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    GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL EPIPHANY DAY CELEBRATIONS AT FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS.

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    HARBOUR; PROCESSION THROUGH STREETS; MAKARIOS ADDRESSING CROWD; MAKARIOS PERFORMING CEREMONY.




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    Background: GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL EPIPHANY DAY CELEBRATIONS AT FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS. THE DAY IS TRADITIONALLY CELEBRATED IN SEAPORT TOWNS THROUGHOUT GREECE AND CYPRUS.

    IN PIRAEUS, NEAR ATHENS, GREECE'S NEW REGENT, LIEUTENANT-GENERAL GEORGE ZIOTAKIS AND MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY-PACKED GOVERNMENT ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

    DURING THE CEREMONY THE PRESIDENT PRIEST THROWS A CROSS INTO THE SEA, IN A SYMBOLIC "BLESSING OF THE WATERS". LOCAL CHILDREN COMPETE FOR THE HONOUR OF RECOVERING THE CROSS FROM THE WATER.

    FAMAGUSTA HARBOUR YESTERDAY WAS FILLED WITH SHIPS, BEDECKED WITH FLAGS FOR THE OCCASION. THE TOWN ITSELF WAS HUNG WITH FLAGS AND DECORATIONS.

    AFTER AN EPIPHANY SERVICE IN CHURCH, THE PROCESSION, WITH ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS AT ITS HEAD, WOUND DOWN TO THE HARBOUR WALLS. THE ARCHBISHOP WAS FOLLOWED BY AN HONORARY GUARD OF SOLDIERS AND A CROWD OF FAMAGUSTAN TOWNSPEOPLE.

    THE ARCHBISHOP READ A PRAYER AT THE WATER'S EDGE, AND THEN THREW A CRUCIFIX -- TIED TO RIBBON -- INTO THE WATER, LOCAL BOYS DIVED IN TO SEARCH FOR THE CRUCIFIX. AS THE CROSS WAS THROWN IN, A BASKET WAS OPENED AND SEVERAL WHITE PIGEONS -- SYMBOLISING THE HOLY SPIRIT -- WERE RELEASED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4T81X2KVIPKURODRV27OMRDDD
    Media URN:
    VLVA4T81X2KVIPKURODRV27OMRDDD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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