A cold cross to bear

Swimmers racing in the icy waters of a lake in Sofia, Bulgaria, to find a cross during Epiphany Day celebrations yesterday. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross into the water, and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will
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Swimmers racing in the icy waters of a lake in Sofia, Bulgaria, to find a cross during Epiphany Day celebrations yesterday.

Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross into the water, and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy throughout the year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2017, with the headline 'A cold cross to bear'. Print Edition | Subscribe