Epiphany 2021 Kalofer Bulgaria dive for crucifix.Valentina Petrova AP

Virus or no, they were diving for the crucifix again this year in Kalofer, Bulgaria; a priest throw the cross into the river, then men and boys go hunting for it. The winner gets a promise of good luck for the year, but the evident camaraderie shows that it’s mostly an excuse for men to jump in the cold river in January without any women around. All over Eastern Europe, Orthodox bishops announced they would hold Epiphany gatherings the same as always. (Valentina Petrova/AP)

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