Live: Orthodox believers dive into icy rivers to mark Epiphany

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    Orthodox believers celebrate the #Epiphany by plunging into the icy water to “purify” their souls. Join CGTN to watch Russians and Ukrainians celebrating the Epiphany by dipping into the Moscow River, and the Dnipro River at the island Pechersk Lavra near Kyiv, Ukraine, respectively.

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