Orthodox Church’s Epiphany Winter Swimming in Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia [photos]

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Today we had minus 45 degree Centigrade and the Orthodox Church’s Epiphany holiday (wiki). Well, it is the day, when Orthodox priest bless the river waters and it became sacred. It is believed, when people sink in the blessed waters, they clear themselves from sins.

Irrespective of the cold weathers, believers or wanna-be believers come to the ice swimming pool and sink three times into the cold water of the Lena River. Looks chilly and exciting, though all action takes place inside the heated tent.

See 22 photographs taken in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia, on the Day of Epiphany. Enjoy and come one day to try it! Usually, it happens on every January 19th or a day before like today.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Swimming on Orthodox Epiphany Day in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

You might wish to see, how the Epiphany bathing looked like two years ago.

2 Comments on “Orthodox Church’s Epiphany Winter Swimming in Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia [photos]

  1. I am from tropical country. Here in winter also the temp not going below 0. It was exciting and amazing to see the people taking bath in cold water when temp was -45. Even we in temp around 20 also not able to take cold bath. Hats off to those brave people. Is it happening every year and anyone can take part. Await your reply

  2. Thank you very much, Jawahar!!! I’ve just returned from 1-month reindeer expedition. So a bit late with my reply! Keep tuned and you’ll see many photos of Siberian reindeer! :)

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