Epiphany is a Christian holiday in the honor of Jesus Christ in the river of Jordan. It is also a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. The God the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove descending from heaven.
The holiday closes the Christmas holidays. Epiphany starts in the evening of January 18, when all the Orthodox Christians mark the Epiphany Eve.
Six facts you should know about Epiphany:
1. Epihany is one of the most significant holidays for Orthodox Christians along with Easter and Trinity.
2. The water is considered to be sacred. It is unique and is not spoiling for weeks.
3. Bathing in an ice-hole is a very popular tradition. The water hole is cut in the form of Christ with the entrance to the West.
4. People bring water to make the water holy.
5. There’s a folk custom to fortune tell on Epiphany (though any fortune telling is prohibited by the church), which is a relict of the pagan culture.
6. It is usually freezing outdoors.