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50,000 take part in Epiphany bathing

50,000 take part in Epiphany bathing

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

19.01.2013, 03:53
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.

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