Eastern Orthodox believers brave cold for traditional dive


Eastern Europe


An Orthodox believer plunges into the icy water of Neva river during the traditional Epiphany celebrations in Saint Petersburg, on January 19, 2023. Photo AFP, Olga Maltseva

Every year, Eastern Orthodox believers, for example in Russia, celebrate the holiday of Epiphany on January 19. That means they have to dive into open water as the tradition requires.