Russians take dip in icy waters to celebrate Epiphany

Posted on: 12:33 pm, January 22, 2014, by , updated on: 01:41pm, January 22, 2014

KAZAN, Russian Republic of Tatarstan (WTVR) — In the Russian republic of Tatarstan, Orthodox Christians celebrated the holiday of Epiphany by taking a dip in the icy water of Lake Kaban.

The tradition commemorates the biblical baptism of Jesus and is considered a purifying religious act.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports dozens of believers went for the swim despite an air temperature of minus 25 degrees Celsius.