Icy dips in the sea. Parades with camels, kings and crowns. Presents for homeless children and admonishments to live a better life.

  • AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis Angelos Filoxenidis, center, raises a cross retrieved from the sea during a water blessing ceremony marking the Epiphany celebrations in the Paleo Faliro suburb, southern Athens, Greece, Saturday. Similar ceremonies marking Epiphany were held across Greece on river banks, seafronts and lakes, where Orthodox priests throw a cross into the water and swimmers race to retrieve it.

  • AP Photo/Emrah Gurel Nicolaos Solis from Greece kisses the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday.

  • AP Photo/Emrah Gurel Nicolaos Solis from Greece holds up the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday.

  • AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski Warsaw residents taking part in the annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday.

  • AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski Actors representing Mary and Joseph walk in Warsaw’s annual Epiphany procession in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday.

  • AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis People parade through the streets as part of celebrations of Three Kings Day in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday. Epiphany, the 12th night of Christmas, marks the day the three wise men visited Christ.

ISTANBUL — Icy dips in the sea. Parades with camels, kings and crowns. Presents for homeless children and admonishments to live a better life.

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