Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today, Tuesday, that President Vladimir Putin participated this year in the activities of the Epiphany.
“A lot of people asked me if Putin took part in the shower on the Epiphany this year. You know he’s doing it traditionally. This is a tradition that follows him. It doesn’t change the traditions,” Peskov said.
Peskov did not provide any other details.
It is known that the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the night of January 19 of each year, the baptism of Christ, and the traditions of the feast include immersion in the water three times, just like the Christ baptized by John the Baptist.
Russians celebrate the Epiphany every year by bathing in frozen lakes and rivers to celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.
These are the first official video footage of Putin, 68, challenging the freezing waters since January 19, 2018. He appeared approaching the ice bath, wearing a coat and shoes, undressing and immersing himself in it—frozen water.
Reports of the Epiphany baths in subsequent years contained archival photographs.
Путин. Подмосковье. -20 pic.twitter.com/aVZxokcQ05
— Кремлевский пул РИА (@Kremlinpool_RIA) January 19, 2021