65 years old Vladimir Putin dunk in a icy water of Lake Seliger in northwestern Russia and crossed himself to mark the Orthodox tradition on Thursday, January 19.
Every year Epiphany is celebrated to commemorate the Jesus Christ baptism in the Jordan river by the Orthodox believers.
President’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that president did it publicly for the first time but he had done it earlier too. He walked on frozen lake for 250 miles north of Moscow.
The Orthodox priests bless the water throughout the whole week of Epiphany as per tradition which makes the water possessing great healing power according to the believers.
Church authorities have made bathing arrangements for the Christian believers in Russia and Siberia with -30 C temperature.
Vladimir Putin became regular attendant of religious Orthodox rites since he became president of Russia. It is a communist country but Putin has made church an important institute in Russia. Presently Putin is making preparations for election going to held in March.
On January 18, President Putin participated in ceremony of 75th anniversary of breaking Nazi siege of Leningrad. First he laid flowers at Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery and paid tribute to the residents and defenders of the city Leningrad. He also visited Nevsky Pyatachok military historical complex. He also made a tour to the Proryv Panorama Museum in Kirovsk and met youngsters of youth organization.