Ukrainian polar explorers celebrated Epiphany by bathing in Marina Point Bay

Source : 112 Ukraine

Bay water temperature is minus 0.5 degrees by Celsium
20:03, 19 January 2020
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Ukrainian polar explorers working at the Akademik Vernadsky station celebrated Epiphany by traditional bathing in Marina Point Bay. This was reported on the National Antarctic Science Center website.

The temperature of the water, which was recorded in the bay, is minus 0.5 degrees by Celsium.
Those who wished visited the chapel of St. Volodymiyr. It has been operating at the station since 2011 and is the southernmost chapel of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

On January 19, around 12,000 people went swimming in an ice hole on Epiphany day in Kyiv, as regional police reported.

130 locations were prepared for swimming in Kyiv region for the believers.

“Around 12,000 believers participated in mass swimming. Over 500 police officers were maintaining order and security. NGO member helped them. No violations during the holidays recorded,” the law enforcers informed.

Among Orthodox Christians, the feast of Epiphany celebrates the day the spirit of God descended upon believers in the shape of a dove during Jesus Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan. Celebrations of the feast start on 18 January, known as Epiphany Eve. On that day water is blessed in all the churches after a common prayer. Water is blessed for the second time on Epiphany Day. Water blessed in ponds and ice holes by a priest is considered holy and pure and is believed to have healing powers

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