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Russia: St. Petersburg's bold and beautiful take icy plunge for Epiphany02:12

Russia: St. Petersburg's bold and beautiful take icy plunge for Epiphany

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
January 19, 2016 at 05:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Orthodox believers celebrated Epiphany by plunging into icy water, near the St. Petersburg's Paul fortress on Neva River, early Tuesday morning.

The brave believers plunged into the cold water, blessed by Orthodox priests, braving temperatures of -15°C (5°F) to show their faith.

The annual baptism is a long lasting tradition of the Orthodox Church with thousands of believers showing their faith in the Neva every year.

Russia: St. Petersburg's bold and beautiful take icy plunge for Epiphany02:12
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Orthodox believers celebrated Epiphany by plunging into icy water, near the St. Petersburg's Paul fortress on Neva River, early Tuesday morning.

The brave believers plunged into the cold water, blessed by Orthodox priests, braving temperatures of -15°C (5°F) to show their faith.

The annual baptism is a long lasting tradition of the Orthodox Church with thousands of believers showing their faith in the Neva every year.

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