As part of its yearly tradition to celebrate Epiphany Day, Russian Orthodox Christians bathe in icy rivers and ponds to mark the baptism of Jesus Christ.
Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is believed holy and pure until next year’s celebration, and is considered to have powers of protection and healing.
Epiphany Day marks the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by Saint John and is traditionally held in Russia, which uses the Julian calendar, on January 19. As the weather of January ranges between -10 to -20 (central part of Russia), local authorities provide security and medical assistance.
Venues: Revolution Square, Izmailovsky Kremlin, Ostankino pond, Upper Tsaritsyno pond, etc.
Event cost: Free