Saturday, 16 October 2021

Russia Celebrates Epiphany

© Sputnik / Maksim Bogodvid

MOSCOW: Eastern Orthodox churches, including Russia’s one, celebrate Epiphany. The occasion marks the baptism of Jesus Christ and traditionally incorporates ice bathing on the eve of the feast.

© Sputnik / Yekaterina Chesnokova

Orthodox Christians across Russia braved the freezing weather to take dips in icy waters to celebrate Epiphany. The rite is not mandatory, but is believed to cleanse the soul of impurity and be good for one’s health, so no wonder it attracts a lot of people.

© Sputnik / Yevgeniya Novozhenina

First, a priest should traditionally consecrate a baptistery (a tub or an ice hole) by reading a prayer over it and plunging a cross into the water.

© Sputnik / Vitaly Ankov

This has become a problem for clerics in some of the coldest regions of Russia, such as Yakutia, where temperatures may drop to  -70 degrees Celsius in winter. A priest in Verkhoyansk near the Arctic Circle told Sputnik that hands can get stuck to a frozen cross within just a few minutes.

© Sputnik / Maksim Bogodvid

It is not common to walk about in bikinis in Russia in January, but Epiphany is a remarkable exception.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Валентина Малая (@valmalkz) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Елена Карпунова (@ms.elenakarpunova) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Анастасия Волочкова (@volochkova_art) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Anna Andreeva (@andreeva_anuytka01) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Anna Andreeva (@andreeva_anuytka01) on

Check Also

Israeli police storm Al Aqsa compound and fire on worshippers

Palestinians run away from Israeli border police during a demonstration in support of Palestinian families ...

Leave a Reply