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A Moldovan man drinks holy water at a cathedral in Chisinau, Moldova, on Epiphany, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Epiphany marks the baptism of Jesus in the Orthodox Church, and worshippers believe that on this day water becomes holy and is imbued with special powers. (AP Photo/John McConnico)

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Manuel Sanchez, left, and Rosmery Solorzano, playing Joseph and Mary, lead a procession around the GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 as part of a big Three Kings Day celebration to honor Epiphany, the day that the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Manuel Sanchez, left, and Rosmery Solorzano, playing Joseph and Mary, lead a procession in Columbia Heights on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 as part of a big Three Kings Day celebration to honor Epiphany, the day that the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A Priest blesses Orthodox believers as part of celebrations of the Epiphany in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Orthodox believers celebrate the holiday of the Epiphany on Jan. 19, and traditionally bathe in holes cut through ice on rivers and ponds to cleanse themselves with water deemed holy for the day as they commemorate Christ's baptism. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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White birds are released over Ukrainian believers during an Epiphany ceremony to bless the water in Lviv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Orthodox believers celebrate the holiday of the Epiphany on Jan. 19, and traditionally bathe in holes cut through thick ice on rivers and ponds to cleanse themselves with water deemed holy for the day. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy)

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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)

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Orthodox priests conduct a service at the ice hole of the pound in the Kolomenskoe park on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged Tuesday and Wednesday into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark the upcoming 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. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19. Moscow temperatures on Wednesday night dropped to -14 C ( 7 F). (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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People gather around the bath of the ice cold water as taking the bath in the ice hole of the pound in the Kolomenskoe park on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, with the moon in the sky. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged Tuesday and Wednesday into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark the upcoming 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. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19. Moscow temperatures on Wednesday night dropped to -14 C ( 7 F). (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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A man walks through the bath of the ice cold water in the ice hole of the pound in the Kolomenskoe park on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged Tuesday and Wednesday into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark the upcoming 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. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19. Moscow temperatures on Wednesday night dropped to -14 C ( 7 F). (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

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Russian Orthodox believers are blessed at Epiphany Cathedral, to mark the upcoming Epiphany in Moscow, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. 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. The Russian Orthodox Church follows the old Julian calendar, according to which Epiphany falls on Jan. 19. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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A Moldovan man drinks holy water at a cathedral in Chisinau, Moldova, on Epiphany, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Epiphany marks the baptism of Jesus in the Orthodox Church, and worshippers believe that on this day water becomes holy and is imbued with special powers. (AP Photo/John McConnico)

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Evaggelos Kargiofilis holds up the wooden cross after being the first to retrieve it during an Epiphany ceremony to bless the water in Greece's northern port city of Thessaloniki on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Similar ceremonies to mark Epiphany were held across Greece on riverbanks, seafronts and lakes. An Orthodox priest throws a cross into the water, and swimmers race to be the first to retrieve it. (AP/Photos Nikolas Giakoumidis)

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Swimmers vie to catch a metal cross during an Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters in the southern city of Larnaca, Cyprus, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Similar ceremonies to mark Epiphany were held across Greece and Cyprus at the sea and at dams. An Orthodox priest throws a cross into the water, and the swimmers race to retrieve it first. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)