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…

Yesterday we had the so-called Pokrova Day, an Orthodox sacred holiday celebrated annually on October 14th. Learn more about celebration history background on wiki. Do we celebrate the Pokrova Day? Well, Orthodox church goers do, but others not really. But that’s not the point. This day is remarkable for proverbial signs. This day is believed to show what type of the upcoming winter would be. In my turn, I prefer this day as Snow Cover Day Further, please, learn signs, watch a video and browse through 20+ snowy…

Today the Orthodox Church celebrates the Christening of the Lord and our Savor Jesus Christ and Russian Christians do traditional epiphany bathing, which turns out to be relatively extreme in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. As usually, the city’s epiphany bathing was arranged by the Russian Ministry of Emergency. First visitors became representatives of the regional authority. Read the history of this traditional event and see more pictures.

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill’s visit to Yakutsk appeared to be a big event. He arrived on Thursday and departed in the Saturday morning. I didn’t expect anything special from his arrival. I am a believer, but not Orthodox. I didn’t hide or ignore his presence in the city. I think it wasn’t even possible to do. You could see signs of his visit all around. Like a lot of church goers in the center as well as policemen. Like all-embracing sounds of noisy bells. Like…