Are you ready for Epiphany ice-hole swimming? People who get involved in this Old Russian rite traditionally take a dip in the ice water holding their breath, then rub themselves down with towels sipping hot tea. Even if you aren't brave enough to take part in ice swimming and prefer to sit on the sidelines, the rite won't leave you indifferent.
On Epiphany eve Moscow becomes particularly gorgeous. Beautifully lit cathedrals decorate the city illuminated by thousands of lights. Here and there one can hear church bell ringing and chanting singing - festivity is in the air. In the city center there are some ice-holes blessed by clergymen. Taking a dip in the holy water is believed to purge people of sins and diseases.
A tour of Epiphany celebration sights is comfortably arranged, so that the severe Russian winter couldn't prevent you from enjoying this old religious holiday. Accompanied by a guide you'll start out for an ice swimming place in downtown Moscow by car.
On arriving, by a blessed ice-hole one can see crowds of people looking forward to taking a dip in the ice water. During the rite there normally prevail festive mood and liveliness. To get warm and have a snack hot tea and sweet treats are available any time. The guide will provide some helpful information on Old Russian traditions and rites.
You don't need any long-term preparation for ice-hole swimming. The only things you need are will power, high spirits and rubber water shoes. You can take it from us - ice-hole swimming is an exciting adventure to boast of!
-Services of a professional guide;
-Guide’s advice and recommendations;
To be met by a guide in your hotel,please specify its name and address in your comments when paying.
Before ice-hole swimming it is necessary to consult the doctor!!!
Documents to take along: passport (ID) or copy. Other recommended items: a camera. Put on comfortable clothing and shoes for the weather, a towel (for those willing to have a swim).
Tourists’ safety provision follows the requirements of All-Union State Standard (GOST Р 5064494)
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