Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism in the River Jordan. Water blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing.
A Georgian man bathes in a hole of ice water in the form of a Georgian cross on ice of the Paravani lake, South Georgia, about 91km ( 57 miles) west of Tbilisi. Orthodox Georgians celebrate Epiphany on Jan. 19, following the old Julian calendar.
A man bathes his daughter in water during a traditional Epiphany celebration in the mountain river Kara-Balta, during celebration a traditional Epiphany near Sosnovka village, 90 km (56 miles), southwest of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Georgian Orthodox believers attend an Epiphany service in a cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia.
People carry holy water a tent with a makeshift bathing place on a river during a traditional Orthodox Epiphany celebration in Yakutsk, eastern Russia. Temperature in Yakutsk on Thursday is -47 degree Celsius, - 52.6 degree Fahrenheit.
A man bathes in water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -12 degrees (10,4 degrees Fahrenheit) near the Achairsky monastery outside the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia. Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers.
Men swim and run through the Vardar River to retrieve the wooden cross, cast by Macedonian Archbishop Stefan, during the Epiphany ceremony in Skopje, North Macedonia.
Rescue workers observe a Russian Orthodox believer dipping in the icy water during a traditional Epiphany celebration in Kronstadt, outside St. Petersburg, Russia.
A woman bathes in water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -12 degrees (10,4 degrees Fahrenheit) near the Achairsky monastery outside the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia.
A man bathes in the Dnieper river during orthodox epiphany celebrations in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Lithuanian Orthodox believers bathe in the icy water shortly after midnight during a traditional Epiphany celebration in a lake near Vilnius, Lithuania.