In Spain about one hundred thousand people participated in the Feast of Epiphany celebrations in Madrid.
In Spain about one hundred thousand people participated in the Feast of Epiphany celebrations in Madrid. And in Greece government leaders and armed forces chiefs attended an Epiphany celebration at the port of Athens, Piraeus.
SYNOPSIS: The Archbishop of Piraeus Monsignor Kalinikos and Deputy Prime Minister, Constantine Papaconstantinou attended the blessing of the waters ceremony. It had special significance this year because of the death of a number of Greek seamen recently and accidents involving Greek tankers like the Christos Bitas and Andros Patria.
The Epiphany Day service was attended by members of the cabinet and senior members of Greece's armed forces. It attracted a large crowd to the port.
In Spain, the Epiphany Feast was celebrated with mass processions. In Madrid, Queen Sophia and her children, including the heir to the throne, Prince Phillip watched the floats of the procession passes through the Plaza Mayor.
An estimated one hundred thousand people massed along a five kilometre section of the streets of Madrid, to watch the parade. And similar processions were held in towns all over Spain. The Feast of Epiphany has come to be associated with the offering of gifts by the Three Wise Men.
In Spanish tradition, the Three Wise Men bring presents by Camel for children on the night of the fifth or sixth of January rather than via Santa Claus on Christmas Day (25 December).