Russian President Celebrates Epiphany In Subzero Chilled Lake

Lester Mason
January 21, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped off to his bathing trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake late on Thursday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany.

65 years old Vladimir Putin dunk in a icy water of Lake Seliger in northwestern Russian Federation and crossed himself to mark the Orthodox tradition on Thursday, January 19.

Putin chose the waters of the frozen Lake Seliger, in the Nilo-Stolobenskaya Monastery about 250 miles north of Moscow, for his plunge.

Each year on Epiphany, Orthodox believers immerse themselves in rivers and lakes to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.

Every year priests in large towns and cities will bless a pool of water, sometimes natural and sometimes artificial one, for local Christians to recreate their baptism, in an act that is said to purify the believer's spirit.

Authorities set up bathing sites for believers all over Russian Federation, including some areas in Siberia where temperatures dipped below minus 30C. As president, he has become a frequent attender of Russian Orthodox ceremonies, and has given the church a major voice in society. Presently Putin is making preparations for election going to held in March. He also made a tour to the Proryv Panorama Museum in Kirovsk and met youngsters of youth organization.

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