Hydra Boasts the Most Spectacular Epitaphios Procession in Greece (video)

Hundreds of people gathered near the beach on the island of Hydra to witness the traditional Good Friday procession of Epitaphios.

In one of the most spectacular rites in Greece, the men carrying the Epitaphios reach the beach and march right into the sea, until they are at least waist-deep in water, where they may remain for several minutes, often holding the platform high to protect it.

During this time, prayers are said for the welfare and safe return of the many seafarers coming from those communities.