|Come on in, the water's lovely.|
Here on Skopelos, and in many places around Greece, and probably elsewhere, the occasion is marked by a cross being flung in to the waters of the harbour and then retrieved by brave young men who dive in while large crowds in big coats watch from the quayside. This is not something for the lily-livered. Last year, when it was very cold, only one man did it. This year, there were four, which all adds to the excitement.
|No one is going to hang around once they're in the water.|
|A priest holds the cross after it was retrieved from the harbour. In|
the background are some of the swimmers.
|Their work here is done, time for a hot shower.|