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Russia: Orthodox Christians submerge into icy water for Epiphany01:16

Russia: Orthodox Christians submerge into icy water for Epiphany

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 19, 2019 at 00:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Orthodox Christians braved snow and sub-zero temperatures to plunge into freezing water in Moscow on Friday for Epiphany.

Believers immersed themselves in the icy waters to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ as part of one of the oldest Christian holidays in Russia.

Traditionally the bathing ritual is held at night from January 18 to 19 when it is believed that the water can not only purify the body but also cure diseases, cleanse the soul and strengthen faith.

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Russian Orthodox Christians braved snow and sub-zero temperatures to plunge into freezing water in Moscow on Friday for Epiphany.

Believers immersed themselves in the icy waters to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ as part of one of the oldest Christian holidays in Russia.

Traditionally the bathing ritual is held at night from January 18 to 19 when it is believed that the water can not only purify the body but also cure diseases, cleanse the soul and strengthen faith.

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