Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia. Orthodox priests throughout the country bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshipers try to retrieve it. It is strongly believed that catching the cross brings health and prosperity to the person who captures it.
Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, Rome.
Men perform a traditional dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha River in the town of Kalofer, Bulgaria, as part of the Epiphany Day celebrations. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross into the river and it is believed that the person who retrieves it will be healthy throughout the year, as will those who dance in the icy waters