Saturday, January 18, 2014
A Russian man emerges from the icy water on the Moscow river to mark the Epiphany, as a lifeguard looks on, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. The temperature in Moscow is 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing.
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