Epiphany bathing on the Lena River started without waiting for the dark. The tent with heating was set up directly next to the pool but clearly, it was still cold. In Yakutsk, the thermometer shows as usual minus 40. This is in the afternoon, in the evening the frost gets stronger. There is no warm weather period here. Water invigorates. I recommend everyone to go into the water. In Vladivostok, Epiphany baths are traditionally held in the Amur Bay. The water temperature in the coastal part is minus 2, but after dipping everyone is offered hot drinks. Good! And in Kamchatka, on the lake in the village of Avacha, many came to plunge even with children, despite the minus 10-degree frost. Is it cold? No, no. But in Tver, on the Volga, where the ice-hole was usually cut out in ice at this time, it was necessary to put the pontoon on stilts. The river has not frozen; primroses bloom in the city. We haven’t seen this in the last 30-35 years. The weather in the European part of Russia can be called, rather, an Epiphany heatwave. Instead of snow on the beach, fresh sand is leveled in Pskov. Of course, there is ice in Yekaterinburg, but employees of the emergency department, choosing a place for the font, complain that it is thin. We are doing a measurement. It is 37 cm (14.6 inches) deep. Now it’s minus 8 in the Urals, and in this time of the year, the temperature should be minus 20 degrees. It is above zero in Moscow. Temperature is 9 or 10 degrees higher than it should be at this time of the year. In Khimki, near Moscow, they put bats in the center of the suburb, so that people do not walk on thin ice. They heat the water in them, as in a jacuzzi – citizens have long complained that they are freezing at Epiphany. 18 degrees Celsius (64,4 Fahrenheit). The Orthodox clergy every year remind parishioners that they should not confuse the Orthodox Christian holiday with the usual bathing. On this day, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was baptized in the waters of the Jordan River, and believers now plunge into the water three times, purifying themselves. We need to do it with faith! With faith! Not just to go in and out and that’s it, and now all my sins are gone. Divine services are held in churches tonight. Holy water is blessed at the liturgy – everyone can take it home. The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill consecrated water in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Those who are determined to go into water are advised to do this in designated areas. In Silver Bor, fonts were opened at 6 pm. At the Ostankino pond, unlike other Moscow reservoirs, there is ice, but it is very thin, so a pier with a wooden hole was built here. The procession begins, after which the font will be blessed – everyone will be able to plunge into the Epiphany waters.