Its the annual procedure for religious Russians. On the day the Orthodox believe, that Jesus received his epiphany, thousands gather at rivers and lakes near churches to take a plunge into the cold water. Despite of the icey temperatures, they have to put their head 3 times completely under the water. Religious people believe that they cannot get ill after this procdure and furthermore, its strengthening their immune system.
Moscow: some 50,000 take part in Epiphany bathing
Some 50,000 people took part in Epiphany bathing in Moscow.
The Epiphany is a Christian holiday that celebrates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, and the revelation of His Divine nature.According to ancient legend, on Epiphany – also known as the Manifestation of the Divinity of Our Lord – all water is believed to be endowed with holy and healing properties. It is believed that by taking a dip in it, people are freed from sin.
Source: Voice of Russia.