Russians celebrate Epiphany by diving into freezing waters

January 19, 2016 9:45 AM

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MOSCOW – Thousands of Russians have taken a dip in the icy waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the birth and baptism of Jesus.

Water blessed by a priest on the Epiphany week in Orthodox tradition is considered holy and pure, and bathing is believed to have healing powers.

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