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Russia: Worshippers take icy plunge for Epiphany01:23

Russia: Worshippers take icy plunge for Epiphany

Russian Federation, Yakutsk Region
January 18, 2015 at 06:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of believers took an icy plunge to mark Epiphany in Yakutsk Sunday. Bathers in Russia's Far East performed the traditional triple plunge in exceptionally chilly air temperatures of -33 C (-27.4 F) as part of the religious ceremony. The waters the believers submerged themselves in were only a couple of degrees above freezing.

Believers across Russia traditionally bath in ice-cold rivers and ponds over the night of January 18-19, braving the freezing winter temperatures to celebrate the Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus.

Russia: Worshippers take icy plunge for Epiphany01:23
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Hundreds of believers took an icy plunge to mark Epiphany in Yakutsk Sunday. Bathers in Russia's Far East performed the traditional triple plunge in exceptionally chilly air temperatures of -33 C (-27.4 F) as part of the religious ceremony. The waters the believers submerged themselves in were only a couple of degrees above freezing.

Believers across Russia traditionally bath in ice-cold rivers and ponds over the night of January 18-19, braving the freezing winter temperatures to celebrate the Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus.