Orthodox feast of the Epiphany has many traditions. One of them is swimming in the hole — is the most interesting and fascinating.
Mixed opinions about swimming in winter causes a lot of disputes. Some argue that doing God’s service, others doubt, preferring to talk about the pagan roots of this “fun”.
Why on Epiphany bathing in the hole
Some priests believe that bathing during the winter cold is a relic of the pagan past. People try to show their prowess, through a bold action to join God and Heaven. However, swimming in the hole has deeper, sacred meaning for many people. Through such actions, the people themselves give the test, due to which get rid of sins. Swimming in the hole for them is the action that can cure the soul from negativity.
Priests say that the main one is the fact of the baptism of the Lord January 19, so winter swimming is not a mandatory element, forcing each to test yourself and your body strength. And most importantly, this action will not cleanse you from sins and will not bring relief. Sincere repentance and desire to leave any negativity in the past involves constant prayer, education of the soul and opposition to the evil that is constantly trying to turn away people from the true path.
Unanimity, whether you want to swim during the Baptism, no. Disparate opinions lead to the fact that in some churches the practice of bathing, and the other clergy strongly opposed, calling the ritual useless.Plunge into the hole or not is a matter for each of us. Remember that you put yourself in danger, and if you have never before been tempered, then swimming in the winter can result in the disease. Preparing to bathe in the icy water should begin long before the festival, or about any benefits to speak of.