Washing away sins: Believers take ice-cold Epiphany dip
The date is considered holy by Christians, because on this very day Jesus is believed to have been baptized.
Russians believe that a priest can bless a river or a lake on this particular night and turn all of its water into holy water. Immersing oneself in it washes away all sins, it is said.
Since the holy day is marked in the middle of winter, in practice it usually means cutting ice, usually in a cross-shaped hole, and dipping into freezing water.
RT’s brave Thabang Motsei got a first-hand taste of how it feels.
Watch Muscovites take an icy plunge in RT's Galleries