Orthodox Christians across the world take Epiphany plunge to commemorate baptism of Jesus Christ [Photos]

Thousands of Orthodox Christians in parts of the world thronged rivers and ponds to take dip in the water to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day

FP Staff January 19, 2018 16:23:44 IST
Thousands of Orthodox Christians in parts of the world throng rivers and ponds to mark Epiphany in commemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ at the Jordan river. AP
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Thousands of Orthodox Christians in parts of the world throng rivers and ponds to mark Epiphany in commemoration of the baptism of Jesus Christ at the Jordan river. AP
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin joined pilgrims to take the icy dip and known to have become a frequent attendee of Russian Orthodox ceremonies. AP
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The Russian president, Vladimir Putin joined pilgrims to take the icy dip and known to have become a frequent attendee of Russian Orthodox ceremonies. AP
Many Russians followed suit, submerged themselves in the freezing waters in a widely-observed ritual normally observed on 18-19 of January and which last year saw two million people take the plunge. AP
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Many Russians followed suit, submerged themselves in the freezing waters in a widely-observed ritual normally observed on 18-19 of January and which last year saw two million people take the plunge. AP
The 65-years-old leader, who is campaigning for re-election in the presidential poll, grew up under the Communist rule where an open show of religion was frowned upon. As president, Putin has given the church a major voice in society. AP
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The 65-years-old leader, who is campaigning for re-election in the presidential poll, grew up under the Communist rule where an open show of religion was frowned upon. As president, Putin has given the church a major voice in society. AP
In Orthodox tradition, water blessed by a priest during Epiphany week is considered holy and pure, and believers attribute healing powers to it. AP
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In Orthodox tradition, water blessed by a priest during Epiphany week is considered holy and pure, and believers attribute healing powers to it. AP
Many Christians also observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find baby Jesus. AP
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Many Christians also observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find baby Jesus. AP
The two-day celebrations start on Friday and end on Saturday with a Mass, include dancing around bonfires, a piper playing music and an elected "king" who distributes plentiful wine and snacks.AP
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The two-day celebrations start on Friday and end on Saturday with a Mass, include dancing around bonfires, a piper playing music and an elected "king" who distributes plentiful wine and snacks.AP