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Putin dives into icy water on Orthodox Epiphany – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

In a video released by the Kremlin, it is observed how the Russian president, dressed in a blue bathing suit, enters a cross-shaped pool and submerges three times

| 01/19/2021 | ionicons-v5-c13: 19 | . |

Moscow.- Russian President Vladimir Putin dove today in a well with frozen water on the occasion of the celebration of Baptism of Christ, despite the warnings of health and religious authorities by the pandemic of the coronavirus.

In a video released by the Kremlin, it is observed how the Russian president, dressed in a blue bathing suit, enters a cross-shaped pool and submerges three times, persisting before each dive, as the orthodox tradition.

Putin, 68, descended into the freezing water by a wooden ladder to avoid slipping and, as he emerged, he prepared to put on traditional felt boots to withstand the cold.

In front of the pool, which is completely surrounded by snow next to a wooden house, there is an ice cross more than two meters high.

Putin, a self-confessed believer, takes a bath every year in a pond after attending the traditional Epiphany Mass, one of the most important holidays of the Orthodox Church.

The celebration has coincided this year with a sharp drop in temperature, which has reached minimum values ​​of 25 degrees below zero, and in the Moscow region, where Putin allegedly bathed, the thermometer read 18 degrees below zero.

He Kremlin he always boasts that the Russian president is « absolutely healthy » and has iron health.

This year the celebration of the Epiphany in Russia was marked by the pandemic, with multiple calls to do without toilets with frozen water, and in some regions, such as Tomsk, Yakutia, Omsk, Magadan, Kamchatka and the Khabarovsk region, partial bans or restrictions were imposed.

The priests blessed thousands of pools, ponds, rivers and even clearings in the sea from dawn with silver crucifixes so that the Russians could fulfill their sacred custom of the Epiphany.

The faithful must descend a wooden ladder to avoid slipping and submerge themselves three times in the water, while they cross themselves, ask God to atone for their sins and pray for their own soul and that of their loved ones.

In addition to the Orthodox faithful, risk lovers and « morzhí » (walruses) participate in the dives, groups of fans of bathing outdoors in winter, who firmly believe that extreme activity relieves and prevents colds, coronary heart disease , heart attacks and strokes.

In turn, millions of Russians go to churches today to collect the water blessed by the priests in bottles and jerrycans, on the day that commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

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