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Enjoy a dip in 360: Muscovites take ice-cold Epiphany plunge

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 23, 2018 at 22:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Muscovites plunged into freezing waters on Friday evening to celebrate Epiphany.By tradition, the ice-cold bathing ritual marks the baptism of Christ on January 19, in accordance with the Julian calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church.Priests bless the frozen lake’s cross-shaped pools before participants submerge themselves in the water three times to honour the Holy Trinity. It is believed that the water can not only purify the body but also cure diseases, cleanse the soul and strengthen one's faith.

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Thousands of Muscovites plunged into freezing waters on Friday evening to celebrate Epiphany.By tradition, the ice-cold bathing ritual marks the baptism of Christ on January 19, in accordance with the Julian calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church.Priests bless the frozen lake’s cross-shaped pools before participants submerge themselves in the water three times to honour the Holy Trinity. It is believed that the water can not only purify the body but also cure diseases, cleanse the soul and strengthen one's faith.

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