Add to favorite
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS

Thousands of People Bathe in Icy Water on Epiphany in Moscow
19.01.2013 09:34
Thousands of People Bathe in Icy Water on Epiphany in Moscow

About 82,000 Muscovites took traditional icy bathes to mark the Epiphany early Saturday, as air temperature in the city was at minus 13 degrees Celsius (+ 8.6 Fahrenheit).

      Epiphany, also known as Theophany, is one of the Great Feasts, which marks  the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Russian orthodox believers celebrate it on January 19 in line with the Julian calendar.

      One of the oldest holiday's traditions is plunging into the icy water as a way to wash away sins. For that ceremony special cross-shaped holes are cut in ice over lakes and rivers. Celebrators plunge into the water while crossing with a cross - typically three times, in honor of the Holy Trinity - around midnight, often after an attending priest says a prayer.

      More than 50 Epiphany bathing sites were made across Moscow, all equipped with special buildings for change of clothes, warm blankets, hot tea and rescuers.

      The feast's peculiar feature is the rite of the Great Blessing of Water. Believeres take it in churches and store for long periods using it to cure illnesses and bless themselves or things and premises around them.


Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian holidays Russian winter Russian Orthodox Chruch Moscow  

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Comment on our site

RSS   twitter      submit

Moscow  Soviet Union  St. Petersburg  Karasuk  Russian scientists  Moscow events  Russian Cinema  Cyprus banking crisis  Yevgeny Petrov  technology  Chelyabinsk meteorite  Middle Ural  Russian tourism  Sergei Lavrov  Russian Rock  Roberto Rosetti  Russian opposition activists  Awards  Russian rulers  Rohini Gallery  Exhibition Fairs  Dark Matter  Russian Cultural Foundation  anniversary  Tourist map  Kaliningrad  Exhibitions in Moscow  Republic of Tyva  AtmaSphere 360  Oleg Tabakov  Treasures  Georgy Poltavchenko  Russian economy  Smoking in Russia  Veronica Basharatyan  Concerts in Saint Petersburg  Exhibitions in Saint Petersburg  Russian business  Liberal-Democratic Party  Recipes of Russian Dishes  Baikal  Innopolis  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Russian judo  Red Square  Russian science  Parliament in Action  Russian social networks  business  Legal Services in Russia 

Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites