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On the night of Jan. 18 or on the day of Jan. 19, people dunk themselves in freezing water three times at special bathing locations.
Donat Sorokin / TASS

Russians Celebrate Epiphany With a Bone-Chilling Bath

Russians celebrate the feast of the Epiphany every year on Jan. 19 by bathing in ice-cold lakes and rivers to celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

The Orthodox Christian tradition is popular with believers and non-believers too, as a freezing ice bath is believed to be good for you.

Here’s a look at the Epiphany celebrations taking place across the country:

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