Every tenth Russian to participate in Epiphany bathing

Natalya Mihailova | 17 January 2015
Moscow, January 16, Interfax - Number of Russians who celebrate Epiphany on January 19 almost does not change in recent years: 41% this year against 42% in 2014 and 43% in 2013, the Levada Center reports to Interfax.
Every tenth Russian to participate in Epiphany bathing

About 10% of people participating in the poll held on December 19-22 among 1600 residents in 134 Russian cities, town and villages, tell about their plans to bathe in Epiphany ice-holes.

Most often this desire was expressed by businessmen (40%), unemployed (22%), pupils and students (14%), mostly men (16%), Russians under 25 years old (17%) and aged between 40-55 (13%), with special professional education (13%) and high consumer status (11%), residents of cities with population 100-500 thousand people.

On the day of the feast, 38% of respondents are going to take blessed water from churches and 23% will share a festival meal with relatives and friends.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany on January 19. Epiphany bathing is not compulsory, but is practiced as a pious tradition.

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