Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 MOSCOW (AP) — Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism in the River Jordan. Russian believers imitate the baptism by entering the water and ducking themselves three times either on the evening before Epiphany or on that Jan. 19 feast day. Many make the sign of the cross, some others hold their noses. Some of the people who do it scurry out quickly and wrap themselves in large towels. But many seem unfazed by it all and extol the practice as strengthening both the soul and the body.
Around one hundred men danced in the icy waters of the Tundzha River in the Bulgarian village of Kalofer on Sunday as part of celebrations for the Christian holiday of Epiphany. Rough cut (no reporter..