If I were not as lazy, this post would have been a part of the earlier post or would have come earlier in the week. The history lesson continues, Annie :) The Greek heritage of this place dates back a century. This is shot at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral's courtyard. The Cathedral is a replica of St. Sophia of Istanbul (Hagia Sophia) which many of us have seen at Istanbul's DP blogs. The Cathedral was consecrated during the Epiphany festivities of 1943 and is home to the largest Epiphany celebration in the United States.
Each year, January 6th, marks the day long Greek Orthodox event. The celebration begins with a morning service. This is followed by the release of a white dove of peace. Next is a mesmerizing ritual dive into the Spring Bayou by fifty local young men between ages 16 and 18 to retrieve a wooden cross. Locals believe that retrieving the cross will ensure a year of good luck and blessing. The young man who finds the cross is carried back to the church in a procession, where a short service is held to bless the diver. The young diver here in the pic has found the cross. If I happen to be around this place the next Jan 6th, I promise I'll try to bring glimpses of the event here.