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You don’t have to be Russian or Orthodox Christian to be part of this holiday. Orthodox believers mark Epiphany on January 19. Some 2 mln people attend Feast of Baptism of Christ celebrations in Russia.

One of the most significant Christian feasts – the Epiphany – marks the day when Jesus Christ was baptized into the Christian faith in the Jordan River. According to Russian tradition, the Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 or 12 days after Orthodox Christmas. The feast ends the Christmastide period when Jesus was not yet baptized.
Despite the frigid temperatures, every year on day of the Epiphany 100,000s of Russians take the plunge into freezing waters. It is believed that all water reservoirs on this day acquire healing powers and are able to cleanse the faithful from sin. And by any reservoir we mean any – even a frozen pool.