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    Plunge of Faith: Russians swim in freezing waters for health & religion

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    More than two million people in Russia celebrated the feast of Epiphany, taking part in traditional bathing by immersing themselves in icy waters. The celebration commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ. It's also believed to wash away the sins, with many saying it keeps them healthy for the rest of the year.

    RT's Peter Oliver braved the icy plunge.


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