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Christian pilgrims immerse in Jordan River

Christian pilgrims take part in a group baptism in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel, Oct. 3, 2012.

Uriel Sinai / Getty Images — An estimated 100,000 Christian worshippers make their pilgrimage to the Holy Land each year. One of the most sacred rituals is being immersed in the biblical river where, according to Christian beliefs, Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.

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Christian pilgrims take part in a baptism in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel, Oct. 3.

A Christian pilgrim immerses himself in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit in northern Israel, Oct. 3.

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