Captivating Photos of Christian Celebrations Around the World

Captivating Photos of Christian Celebrations Around the World

If swimming in icy waters is your thing, there's a lot of possible outdoor exercises to try in the name of God.
January 07, 2015 by Globeprime
in Society | World

From Turkey to Spain, Christian celebrations occur in several forms and traditions, all as fascinating as each other. Here is an overview of the celebrations of the Epiphany, the Three Kings and Eastern Orthodox as highlighted in various countries.

Men jump into the waters of a lake in Sofia in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day

Men jump into the water on Epiphany day

Credit: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

A man kisses a wooden cross after retrieving it from the sea during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Thessaloniki, northern Greece

Credit: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

People swim in the Bosphorus to reach a wooden crucifix in Istanbul

Credit: Osman Orsal/Reuters

A man holds a wooden cross after retrieving it from the Bosphorus river's Golden Horn in Istanbul

Credit: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Ation Gjoni, 22, holds a wooden cross after retrieving it from the Adriatic Sea in Durres, some 40 km from Albania's capital Tirana

Credit: Gent Shkullaku/AFP

A drummer wades in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha river in the Bulgarian town of Kalofer during Epiphany Day celebrations

Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration to commemorate Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer

Credit: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

People sit in a carriage drawn by a horse during the traditional Epiphany celebration in the village of Pietrosani, Romania

Credit: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

People take part in the traditional Three Kings swim in the Vltava River in Prague to commemorate Epiphany Day

Credit: David W Cerny/Reuters

Men dressed as the three kings ride camels during the Epiphany procession at Hradcanske Square in Prague

Credit: David W Cerny/Reuters

One of the Three Kings waves from his float during the parade in Madrid

Credit: Gerard Julien/AFP

An artist suspended from balloons over Cibeles Square performs during the Three Kings parade in Madrid

Credit: Gerard Julien/AFP

A man dressed as Balthazar, one of the three wise men, poses during the traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga, southern Spain

Credit: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Children wait to receive sweets and presents thrown to them from floats by actors dressed as the Three Wise Men during the traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga

Credit: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Pope Francis kisses the statue of baby Jesus as he leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican

Credit: Andrew Medichini/Reuters

Palestinian Christian girls wait for the arrival of the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos before the Eastern Orthodox Christmas procession outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem

Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Armenian Orthodox worshippers light candles to celebrate Christmas in the Syrian Saint Sarkis Church in Damascus

Credit: Louhai Beshara/AFP

H/t: International Business Times