RUSSIA — Cold swim: Men bathed in the icy waters of the Lena River during a traditional Epiphany celebration as the temperature dropped to about -56 degrees Celsius (-68 degrees Fahrenheit) outside Yakutsk, Tuesday. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19.
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