Several courageous Greeks braved the freezing temperatures on Tuesday, to participate in Epiphany Day celebrations, one of the most important days of the Greek Orthodox religion.
The "Blessing of the Waters" ceremony at Greece's main commercial port of Piraeus was officiated by the country's Archbishop Ieronymos and was attended by Greece's main opposition Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras, army leadership and state officials.
The cross, which was blessed by the archbishop, is believed to bring good luck for the year ahead to those who retrieve it.
The ritual of throwing a cross into the water is carried out across the country and commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.
In parts of the country where there is no access to the sea, the custom is carried out in rivers, lakes and even fountains.
Port of Piraeus
Nea Kios, is a village and former municipality in Argolis, Peloponnese