On Jan. 19 Orthodox Ukrainians will celebrate the traditional religious holiday Vodohreshcha, or the Baptism of Jesus. But don’t get fooled by its religious nature, for Kyiv is preparing to have a wild celebration.
The main event is a plunge into the icy waters of the Dnipro River. After being blessed by the priest, the cold swim is believed to bestow powers of healing, youth and luck.
If you’re feeling gutsy, you can join the faithful and the adventurous on the Obolon wharf by the Svyato-Pokrovsky church. However, if you prefer a drier and warmer alternative, you can just simply drink a few cups of sacred water available in every Orthodox Church in town this holiday.