Europe's most remote southern island celebrates Epiphany Day

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The remote island of  Gavdos at the the European Union's  southernmost border, celebrated Greek Orthodox Epiphany Day with dignitaries including the Greek President attending.

President  Katerina Sakellaropoulou elected to spend Epiphany on the island of Gavdos, in a highly symbolic move, highlighting the need to support the outermost regions of the country as symbols of a strong Greece.

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Sakellaropoulou attended a service and ceremony to bless the waters at a chapel in Karave harbour and afterwards gave a speech stressing the need to support the islanders that preserved and cared for this "beautiful cradle of Hellenism".

During her stay on the island, President Sakellaropoulou was named an honorary citizen of Gavdos as a sign of respect for the first Greek woman to hold the supreme office of the Greek state, in a special ceremony at the municipal office of the island.

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