God bless the rule!


teophany-religion

Theophany is a Christian holiday that celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ. Every year, on 19th of January, people swim outdoors in order to reach the “Holy cross”, which is placed in water, 33 meters away from start line.

This celebration used to be organized in few places in Serbia, but in recent years it is being held in many different cities. It seems that it has become very fashionable.
The main manifestation is held at “Ada Ciganlija” lake in Belgrade. The biggest part of the ceremony belongs to the church representatives, headed by the patriarch. The army and gendarmerie also take part in the official ceremony, as well as the citizens, in the swimming competition.
Recently a member of gendarmerie won the race three times in a row (in, it would appear, a problematic way) which might have been a reason for introducing new rule of the race – after you win the race once, you can only be a participant next time, you cannot compete again. God bless the rule.
teophany-religion
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Photographers: Milovan Milenković and Nemanja Jovanović©Kamerades

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