Sorry for the late notice of this - it's not usually well publicised and I only realised it was on this weekend when I saw some preparations this morning.
The Blessing of the Waters, Greek Orthodox ceremonies takes place at Port Melbourne each year in January. This is a combined celebration for all Parishes in Melbourne celebrated by Their Graces Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis together with all the Clergy of Melbourne.
The promise of a year's good fortune enticed scores of young Greek Orthodox men to try their luck in the annual Blessing of the Waters Ceremony. The ritual commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for 'manifestation', 'epifaniea').
The ceremony will be at 1pm on Sunday 10 January and will be followed by music, dancing and activities for children until late afternoon. Also, food and drink will be available at the Pier together with a variety of other stalls.
More information can be found here or here.