Bulgarians Celebrate St Jordan's Day Diving in Ice-Cold Waters
The main ritual is performed by a priest who throws a cross into a river or a lake for young men to catch it. It is believed that the first person that gets to the cross will enjoy good health throughout the whole year.
Since so many Bulgarians are named Yordan, Ivan or various derivatives, the holiday is very popular in the country, all the more so that it comes just days after the particularly demanding New Year celebrations and St Basil's day.
For the Western church January 6 is the Epiphany holiday, a Christian feast commemorating the revelation of Jesus to humanity, specifically the visit of the Magi.
For Orthodox Christians this is the day when John the Baptist baptized God's son Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River and the Holy Spirit came to him as a white dove.
In Bulgaria the festival has different names in the different parts of the country, some of them are Krastovden (Day of the Cross) or Voditzi (Waters).
The night before St. Jordan's Day is the last one of the "incensed" nights.
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Happy Saint Jordan's Day but isn't there are a better way to celebrate it, than by jumping into freezing cold water and getting a cold rush?
I don't think I could ever do that with out being pushed!
I love Polar Bears but NOT their clubs!
It must be exhilerating but it must also cause...shrinkage!
BIG TIME!!! ;-))
Happy Turtle D*ck Day!
Why only men?
Cold women would make it hot!