OhLaLa The Epiphany Icy Celebrations In Eastern Europe
For the Epiphany in France we eat la galette des rois, but other people in Eastern Europe likes to keep things a little bit more intense than just a slice of cake. So all over eastern Europe, from Serbia to the Republic of Belarus, Russsia and Romania Orthodox are immersing themselves into icy waters on January 19.
Even my better half, Alek who grew up in Serbia did it in a lake. Poor thing, knowing how much he "likes' cold water and does not even want to get into our pool if not heated ... lol.
Above, a men in Belgrade Serbia with a wooden cross that he managed to catch after it was thrown by a priest in the waters of Nisava river.
Belarus men do not mess around! The Servicemen of the Belarussian Interior Ministry's special unit must dip their naked body into the icy waters of a lake ... this tradition must be done regardless of the weather, it's just infortunate that the epiphany is not in July or August ...
Check out all the photos after the jump!