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Epiphany Celebrations Around The World: In Pictures

Water that is 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. The Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19.

January 20, 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin crosses himself while bathing in the icy water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -20 degrees (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) outside Moscow, Russia. Water that is 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. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19.

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A man bathes in ice water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -20 degrees (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) in Rubizhne village, eastern Ukraine. Water that is 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. The Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19.

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Russian Orthodox believers, one of them wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus infection, bath in the icy water during a traditional Epiphany celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia. The temperature in St. Petersburg is -5C (23F).

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A woman bathes in the icy water, as the temperature dropped to about -15 degrees (5 degrees Fahrenheit) in Minsk, Belarus, during epiphany.

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A woman crosses herself while bathing in water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -24 degrees (-11,2 degrees Fahrenheit) near the Achairsky monastery outside Siberian city of Omsk, Russia.

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A man bathes in water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -24 degrees (-11,2 degrees Fahrenheit) near the Achairsky monastery outside Siberian city of Omsk, Russia.

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A rescue worker observes Russian Orthodox believer dipping his daughter in the icy water during a traditional Epiphany celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. The temperature in St. Petersburg is -5C ( 23F).

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Two women cross themselves while bathing in the Black See during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -6 degrees (21 degrees Fahrenheit) in Sevastopol, Crimea, during epiphany.

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A woman bathes in the icy waters of Lena River during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -56 degrees (-68 degrees Fahrenheit) outside Yakutsk, Russia.

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Lithuanian Orthodox believers bathe in the icy water shortly after midnight during a traditional Epiphany celebration in a lake near Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Men plunge into the icy waters of the Czerniakowskie Lake in Warsaw, during a traditional Epiphany celebration in temperatures of minus 6 degrees Celsius (21.2F).

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The water is blessed at the Czerniakowskie Lake in Warsaw, during a traditional Epiphany celebration in in temperatures of minus 6 degrees Celsius (21.2F).

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Father Igor of Orthodox church of Ukraine conducts an Orthodox Epiphany service for Ukrainian soldiers during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -20 degrees (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) Bobivske village, eastern Ukraine.

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A woman crosses herself bathing in ice water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -20 degrees (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) in Bobivske village, eastern Ukraine.

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A man bathes in ice water during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -20 degrees (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) in Rubizhne village, eastern Ukraine.

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A woman dunks herself in the Jordan River as part of the Orthodox Feast of the Epiphany, on the Jordanian side of the river as seen from Qasr el Yahud, the spot where John the Baptist is said to have baptised Jesus, near the West Bank town of Jericho. The site was closed to the public due to measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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