orthodox epiphany

BULGARIA, KALOFER : Men dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha river in the town of Kalofer as part of the Epiphany Day celebrations on January 6, 2015. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year as well as all those who dance in the icy waters. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF

BULGARIA, Sofia : Bulgarians plunge into the icy winter water of a lake in Sofia, to catch a cross during the Epiphany Day celebrations on January 6, 2016.
As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year as well as all those who dance in the icy water. / AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFF                        

A drone is used to deliver a life preserver to members of the Russian Emergencies Ministry during a training exercise in the suburbs of Moscow, on January 13th 2016, in preparation for Russian Orthodox Epiphany celebrations. Orthodox believers mark Epiphany on January 19th by immersing themselves in icy waters and some may get into difficulties. Credit: Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev