Offbeat For Orthodox Epiphany, Putin bathes in icy water

17:50  19 january  2021
17:50  19 january  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Orthodox Epiphany comes twelve days after Christmas, with many taking a traditional plunge into the freezing water of lakes or rivers to mark the holiday.

among thousands of Orthodox Christians braving icy dip in freezing waters to mark Epiphany . temporarily banned the ritual, which sees worshippers throwing themselves into barrels, pools and holes cut in icy lakes or Russian President Vladimir Putin was among those observing the chilly ritual. While many bathers receive blessings from priests, a spokesman for the Orthodox Church told a

Le président russe Vladimir Poutine se baigne dans l'eau glacée à l'occasion de l'épiphanie orthodoxe dans la région de Moscou, le 19 janvier 2021. © Mikhail KLIMENTYEV Russian President Vladimir Putin bathes in icy water on the occasion of the Orthodox Epiphany in the Moscow region on the 19th January 2021.

A swim in -20 degrees: Russian President Vladimir Poutine plunged into ice-cold water on Tuesday near Moscow, performing an Orthodox ritual to celebrate the Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ.

Removing a thick coat and boots, the Kremlin chief, 68, stepped in a blue swimsuit into a pool facing a large translucent cross, apparently carved in ice, surrounded by snow .

He then immersed himself three times, making the sign of the cross of Orthodox Christians, according to images released by the Russian presidency.

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Topless Putin joins Orthodox Christians bathing in icy waters as the church marks Epiphany (just as well he's got some warm boots and a thick fur coat to put back on!) Vladimir Putin braved icy waters to take a dip in Lake Seliger during the celebration of Epiphany Wednesday. He was seen taking the

On 19 January, Eastern Orthodox believers worldwide celebrate Epiphany , marking the baptism of Jesus Christ, which is usually accompanied by bathing in icy cold water . In Russia, however, the holiday often takes place under extreme weather conditions.

The Kremlin clarified that this bathing in freezing temperatures marked "one of the most important Christian holidays - the baptism of Christ".

January 19, Epiphany Day in Orthodox Christian tradition, is celebrated by tens of thousands of Russians who dive into holes in the ice, ponds or rivers.

They thus commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan.

If the tradition of ice baths arouses enthusiasm, some officials of the Russian Orthodox Church have however already stressed that it was not canonical and that they did not indulge in it.

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