U.S. Consul General in Vladivostok Luis Krishok and the diplomatic mission staff plunged into the font in the run-up to Epiphany, the Consulate General said on its Facebook page.
There are also published photos of bathing staff in icy water. American tradition of teambuilding was perfectly supported by the Russian tradition of immersion in the hole on the eve of epiphany. Consul General Luis Krishok and consulate workers plunged into the ice font of the Winter Swimming Federation “The Kosa-DV” and the results were amazing!
Krishok continued the tradition of his predecessor – the previous U.S. Consul General in Vladivostok Michael Kiis, who also plunged into the hole every year.
Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 19, is one of the oldest Christian holidays. Many believers go to the reservoirs, where the ice is cut in advance, and with prayer three times immersed in the water. The tradition of bathing on epiphany exists in memory of the Jordan River, in which Jesus Christ Was baptized by John the Forerunner. For some, it still has a deep religious meaning, and for some, it is just a rite of passage to test the strength of the fortitude and body.