Moscow, January 19, Interfax - Over 1.8 million people took part in Epiphany bathing in Russia, which is more than last year, the press service for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax.
"Almost 4,000 places for bathing are equipped for Epiphany across Russia. Over 1.8 million people took part in the bathing ritual," the source said.
Epiphany bathing will last throughout the day. Over 42,400 people, including Emergency Situations Ministry officials and other services, are employed to ensure security. Emergency Situations Ministry units have been put on high alert.
"No incidents have occurred during the festive Epiphany bathing," the ministry said.
Each organized bathing site was equipped with special paths with pads on ice, safe paths leading into the water, places for getting warm and changing, hot meal points, and light.