According to Orthodox tradition, the day celebrates Jesus turning to Christianity. On this day he came to John the Baptist and was baptized in Jordan river aged 30, so the Orthodox feast is connected with water, and believers call the ice hole they jump into Jordan, after the Middle Eastern river.
On the evening before of the feast on Jan. 18, Orthodox Christians usually go to church and drink blessed water. This water doesn't have an expiration date and is usually stored by Russians for the rest of the year.
After taking water people
The process symbolizes the baptism of
An ordinary fisherman’s ice hole isn’t enough for a Jordan. A special Epiphany bath hole needs a lot of preparation and someone who knows what they’re doing. If you’re interested, here’s a guide on how to make one.
Here are the safety rules you need to know before diving.
In the morning on Jan. 19, Orthodox people go to the church to collect freshly blessed water. According to the church
But some families believe these waters serve different purposes and use the evening one for rinsing the face or splashing in the corners of an apartment to drive away evil spirits. At the same
Read more: When in Russia, do as the Russians. Foreigners take the icy plunge
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