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Diving in Yenissei in Winter

The Christian feast of the Epiphany has been celebrated in Tuva at midnight on January 19 on the Yenissei river near a buddist temple. Orthodox priest Father Viacheslav has made a blessing of the waters ceremony after which people began to dive into a crest-shape ice-hole. It is beleived that diving in water helped cleanse sins and brought spiritual healing. The tradition in Tuva is followed by people of different nationalities. Among the divers members of the government were noted.

This winter is quite severe in Tuva. Air temperatures stand at -40- 44 degrees C. This night the water temperature was + 4 degree according to Celcium table.

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