How Ukrainians swam in ice-holes on Epiphany day

Source : 112 Ukraine

112 International made a selection of photos showing people bathe in ice cold water
19:11, 19 January 2016

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On January 19, Ukrainians all across the country celebrated the Epiphany, an old Christian feast. It celebrates the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ.

Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. Churchmen consecrate water in lakes and rivers, and people swim in ice-holes.

A photo gallery below shows people of various regions, origins, jobs and hobbies united to purify their souls with holy water – amidst truly freezing temperatures.

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Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukrainian singer, the winner of Eurovision 2004 song contest

Both young and old people gathered to have an ice bath

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It is allowed to bathe in vyshyvanka (Ukraine's national embroidered shirt)

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In some regions, the ice-holes are decorated with pine branches

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An ice-hole in Sloviansk, Donetsk region

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Andriy Teteruk, MP and commander of the Peacekeeper, volunteer battalion of Ukraine's Interior Ministry

Actress Olha Sumska

Ukrainian soldiers and officers who currently serve in Donbas also had their chance to take an ice bath on the Epiphany day

Related: Ukrainians mark the Epiphany

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