Epiphany celebrations in Russia, Ethiopia and Ukraine
Epiphany celebrations in Russia, Ethiopia and Ukraine (Picture: TASS/Getty; Alamy Live)

Orthodox Christian worshippers in Russia and Eastern Europe have been jumping into freezing ice baths to celebrate Epiphany.

Extremely cold-looking photographs illustrate the celebrations, which mark Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan.

This moment was seem as the time Jesus was revealed to the world as the son of God.

Dipping themselves into the water is seen as a ritual bringing people good health and cleansing them of their sins.

People believe that all water becomes holy on the day of Epiphany, while some attribute healing powers to ice water itself.

Many people followed the tradition of retrieving wooden crosses from the rivers and lakes.

An Orthodox believer does push-ups out of the icy waters during celebration of the Epiphany holiday at the river Kara-Balta near the village of Sosnovka some 90 km from Bishkek on January 19, 2020. - Orthodox Serbs celebrate Epiphany on January 19, following old Julian calendar, with traditional retrieving of crosses from the rivers and lakes. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo by VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP via Getty Images)
An Orthodox believer does push-ups out of the icy waters at the river Kara-Balta near the village of Sosnovka some 90 km from Bishkek on January 19 (Picture: Getty)
OMSK, RUSSIA - JANUARY 19, 2020: A man takes a dip in the icy waters of the Irtysh River on the feast day of Epiphany in Novaya Stanitsa, Omsk; Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany according to the Julian calendar. Yevgeny Sofiychuk/TASS (Photo by Yevgeny Sofiychuk\\TASS via Getty Images)
A man takes a dip in the icy waters of the Irtysh River in Novaya Stanitsa, Omsk (Picture: TASS)
VOLOGDA REGION, RUSSIA - JANUARY 19, 2020: Spaso-Kamenny Monastery on the feast day of Epiphany, on Kamenny Island on Kubenskoye Lake; Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany according to the Julian calendar. Valentina Pevtsova/TASS (Photo by Valentina Pevtsova\\TASS via Getty Images)
Spaso-Kamenny Monastery on Kamenny Island on Kubenskoye Lake (Picture: TASS)
SIPA USA via PA Images An orthodox believer dives into the cold water of Dnipro river, during the Epiphany celebration in Kiev. Ukrainian Orthodox believers celebrate the Epiphany holiday, marking the day of baptism of Christ in Jordan River, and believing that on this day water becomes holy and is imbued with special powers. (Photo by Pavlo Gonchar / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
An orthodox believer dives into the cold water of Dnipro river, during the Epiphany celebration in Kiev (Picture: PA)
Orthodox believers race out of the icy waters during celebration of the Epiphany holiday at the river Kara-Balta near the village of Sosnovka some 90 km from Bishkek on January 19, 2020. - Orthodox Serbs celebrate Epiphany on January 19, following old Julian calendar, with traditional retrieving of crosses from the rivers and lakes. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo by VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP via Getty Images)
Orthodox believers race out of the icy waters at the river Kara-Balta near the village of Sosnovka some 90 km from Bishkek (Picture: Getty)
MINSK, BELARUS - JANUARY 19, 2020: Russian Orthodox believers pose for a photograph after taking a dip in icy water near the Church of All Saints to celebrate Epiphany. Natalia Fedosenko/TASS (Photo by Natalia Fedosenko\\TASS via Getty Images)
Russian Orthodox believers pose for a photograph after taking a dip in icy water in Minsk, Belarus (Picture: TASS)
An Ethiopian Orthodox Christian worshipper jumps into the pool of Fasilides Bath during the celebration of Timkat, the Ethiopian Epiphany, in the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, on January 20, 2020. - Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian festival which celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river. The celebration has been recently declared Intangible Human Heritage by UNESCO. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images)
An Ethiopian Orthodox Christian worshipper jumps into the pool of Fasilides Bath during the celebration of Timkat, the Ethiopian Epiphany, in the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, on January 20 (Picture: Getty)
SYKTYVKAR, RUSSIA - JANUARY 19, 2020: Russian Orthodox priests and believers take part in a procession on the feast day of Epiphany in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic; Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany according to the Julian calendar. Sergei Parshukov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Parshukov\\TASS via Getty Images)
Russian Orthodox priests and believers take part in a procession on the feast day of Epiphany in Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia (Picture: TASS)
VOLOGDA REGION, RUSSIA - JANUARY 19, 2020: Men at Spaso-Kamenny Monastery on the feast day of Epiphany, on Kamenny Island on Kubenskoye Lake; Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany according to the Julian calendar. Valentina Pevtsova/TASS (Photo by Valentina Pevtsova\\TASS via Getty Images)
Men at Spaso-Kamenny Monastery on Kamenny Island on Kubenskoye Lake, Russia (Picture: TASS)
LUGANSK REGION, UKRAINE - JANUARY 19, 2020: Men after taking a dip in a pond on the feast day of Epiphany, near St George's Church in Alchevsk, Lugansk Region; Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany according to the Julian calendar. Alexander Reka/TASS (Photo by Alexander Reka\\TASS via Getty Images)
Men after taking a dip in a pond near St George\’s Church in Alchevsk, Lugansk Region, Ukraine (Picture: TASS)

In the Orthodox tradition using the Julian calendar, Epiphany is celebrated later, while Western Christians using the Gregorian calendar mark it on January 6.

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For Western Christians, Epiphany marks the day the three wise men were said to come and worship Jesus.

In this case, it falls the day after Twelth Night, when it is traditional to take down Christmas decorations.

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