The procession of the sea Εpitaph

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The procession of the sea Εpitaph

In the majestic Hydra with its imposing buildings and cosmopolitan air, every year many visitors come during the Easter period to experience the traditional customs up close. The most famous custom takes place in Kaminia. There, the procession of the Epitaph of the parish of Agios Ioannis Prodromos takes place in the sea, honoring the spongers and sailors as before. Specifically, the faithful start from the church and end up in the sea to sanctify the waters. The priest from the beach makes his wishes for a good trip and a short return of the sailors.
 
This custom was first performed in 1923 and since then it is held every year by the island's faithful and the hundreds of visitors who arrive in Kaminia to experience it up close. It started with the sponge men of Kaminia, whose sponge boats left after the Sunday of the Crucifixion and returned near the day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The spectacle is majestic, spectacular and every Good Friday is watched with enthusiasm and reverence.