A Russian man emerges from cold water on Epiphany in Uglich, Russia, some 250 kilometers (150 miles) northeast from Moscow, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

Photo by: Sergey Ponomarev

A Russian man emerges from cold water on Epiphany in Uglich, Russia, some 250 kilometers (150 miles) northeast from Moscow, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)