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Bulgarians take to icy waters in Epiphany tradition

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A child holds the cross as believers sing and dance at the river Tundzha, as they celebrate Epiphany in the town of Kalofer, Bulgaria, on Jan. 6, 2012. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year.

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Believers sing and dance in the river Tundzha, as they celebrate Epiphany day, Jan. 6, 2012.

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A boy holds a wooden cross as men perform the traditional Horo dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha river on Jan. 6, 2012.