Thursday, 20 February

Epiphany bathing: how people dive in the sea in the south

Every year on 19 of January orthodox Christians and Greek Catholics celebrate Epiphany Day. Traditionally, a big amount of people wishing dive into the water gathered near the Black Sea, because the water is believed could purify  and cure people`s souls and bodies. Although it isn’t necessary to dive into cold water and the rite is absolutely voluntary, faithful queue at the beaches, dive into cold sea, take photos and celebrate Epiphany Day together.

Photo: Maryna Bandeliuk

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