Almaty

An Orthodox priest immerses a cross in the Bolshaya Almatinka river to bless its water during an Epiphany ceremony in Almaty January 19, 2015. Orthodox believers abiding by the Julian calendar mark Epiphany on January 19 by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather.

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An Orthodox priest immerses a cross in the Bolshaya Almatinka river to bless its water during an Epiphany ceremony in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Orthodox believers abiding by the Julian calendar mark Epiphany on Monday by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather.

A woman tries on a fur outfit at the "Christmas Art Fair-2013" in Almaty December 13, 2013.

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A woman tries on a fur outfit at the Christmas Art Fair in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday