Traditions Intertwined: Russian Pagan Rituals and Christian Customs

By |2019-01-04T23:28:25+00:00January 26th, 2014|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Last weekend, despite bone chilling temperatures of nearly 20C below zero in Moscow, thousands of Russian Orthodox faithful took a plunge into icy cold waters to honor Epiphany (Bogoyavlenie) – the revelation of God as Son, and in human form as Jesus Christ. For believers across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus this holiday is rooted as much [...]