Muscovites take icy Epiphany dip

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Hundreds of believers came to central Moscow on Sunday to take part in the traditional Epiphany bathing ritual marking the day of Jesus’ baptism in the Orthodox Church. The ceremony was led by Orthodox priests, who blessed the ice-cold waters before bathers jumped in. About 150,000 people in the region planned to participate in the Epiphany bathing ceremony, celebrated annually between January 18 and 19.