Russian Orthodox believers run into the cold Black Sea at Sochi to mark Epiphany. Roselle Chen reports.
Christians dive into the Black Sea on Epiphany
Braving cold temperatures, Russian Orthodox Christians ran into the Black Sea to mark Epiphany.
Some 3,000 people in Sochi headed to the beach of the resort city after prayers at the Holy Trinity Cathedral as part of celebrations involving worshippers taking off their clothes and diving into the water.
Those who partake believe the bathing symbolically washes off their sins, and many also say the dip is good for their health.
The ritual commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, or the Epiphany, which the Russian Orthodox Church marks on January 19.