This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.

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.

No Account? Sign up!
Description

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.

Video Feed
Providing you with the best in breaking news, politics, science, sports, tech, viral and entertainment content
All latest videos
Luxembourg: Johnson and Juncker 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks
01:12
Luxembourg: Johnson and Juncker 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks
September 16 at 13:00 GMT +00:00
Turkey: Erdogan, Putin hold bilateral talks ahead of Syria summit
00:40
Turkey: Erdogan, Putin hold bilateral talks ahead of Syria summit
September 16 at 12:28 GMT +00:00
Germany: FM Maas voices concern over Saudi Arabia oil attacks
01:49
Germany: FM Maas voices concern over Saudi Arabia oil attacks
September 16 at 12:01 GMT +00:00
Turkey: Putin arrives in Ankara for trilateral Syria summit
01:46
Turkey: Putin arrives in Ankara for trilateral Syria summit
September 16 at 11:50 GMT +00:00
Austria: US 'condemns Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia' oil supplies - Eng Sec Perry at IAEA conference
01:48
Austria: US 'condemns Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia' oil supplies - Eng Sec Perry at IAEA conference
September 16 at 11:27 GMT +00:00
China: Hong Kongers rallying outside British consulate 'shameful' - FM spox.
02:08
China: Hong Kongers rallying outside British consulate 'shameful' - FM spox.
September 16 at 10:22 GMT +00:00
Mexico: Obrador celebrates first Cry of Dolores on Mexican Independence Day
02:23
Mexico: Obrador celebrates first Cry of Dolores on Mexican Independence Day
September 16 at 08:33 GMT +00:00
Canada: PM Trudeau celebrates US Open champion Andreescu in hometown rally
03:02
Canada: PM Trudeau celebrates US Open champion Andreescu in hometown rally
September 16 at 07:13 GMT +00:00
Syria: Displaced Syrians return to homes in Hama, Idlib provinces
02:09
Syria: Displaced Syrians return to homes in Hama, Idlib provinces
September 16 at 05:54 GMT +00:00
'A ton of schnitzel' breaks world record in Bavarian town of Mengkofen
02:16
'A ton of schnitzel' breaks world record in Bavarian town of Mengkofen
September 16 at 05:09 GMT +00:00
France: At least one dead after fire breaks out in Paris retirement home
01:17
France: At least one dead after fire breaks out in Paris retirement home
September 16 at 03:15 GMT +00:00
USA: Scuffles erupt between Patriot Prayer and Antifa
02:24
USA: Scuffles erupt between Patriot Prayer and Antifa
September 16 at 03:00 GMT +00:00
All latest videos