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Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany by jumping into freezing water


Sergei Chirikov / EPA

Russian Orthodox Christians lower a young girl into the cold water of the Moskva river as they celebrate the Epiphany holiday in Moscow, Russia on Jan. 18.

Sergei Chirikov / EPA

A Russian Orthodox Christian woman prays while diving into the icy water of the Moskva river, as another woman looks on and collects water believing that it is holy in Moscow, Russia on Jan. 18.

A couple of weeks ago Elena posted photos of Epiphany celebrations around Europe. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, so they will be observing the feast tomorrow. According to photographer Sergei Chirikov, who took these pictures today, many Russians mark the holiday by diving into the cold waters of their local river.