For the Orthodox Christians of Greece, January 6th marks the official end of Christmas. The only way to celebrate this is by taking a plunge into the New Year.
Each January, a burly priest can be found at the waters of Piraeus, Athens’ ancient port, where he will hurl a large crucifix into the sea. Once thrown, it is up to the bravest of observers to dive into the freezing waters and retrieve the cross. Since many are brave, the dive often turns into a slippery race to grasp the wooden instrument.
Whoever manages to retrieve the crucifix is awarded with good luck for the remaining 359 days ahead. The rest receive the consolation of a cold. This procession is always followed by fishermen who bring their boats to be blessed.