Men dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha river in the town of Kalofer as part of the Epiphany Day celebrations. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year as well as all those who dance in the icy waters
An Orthodox priest leads an annual religious march marking the second day of Easter at the Bachkovo monastery in Bulgaria on Monday.
A priest in central Kiev sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine. Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed rebels, a Kiev military spokesman said on Tuesday.
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 Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree on a hot day at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A priest reads a prayer for peace to Ukrainian servicemen at a base in the Crimean village of Bakhchisaray, near Simferopol
A priest stands in the ruins of Kiev’s Trade Union building. Ukraine’s parliament on Friday voted to return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president’s powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers
An Orthodox priest blesses apples during the Transfiguration of Jesus holiday, also known as Yablochny Spas, in the ancient Belarus town of Turov, 250 km south of Minsk
Priests attend an ordination mass of the breakaway fundamentalist Roman Catholic Society of St Pius X in Econe, western Switzerland on Friday. Some 2,000 worshippers attended the ceremony held under a giant tent outside the chapel in Econe, which was celebrated mainly in Latin.
A Kashmiri Muslim looks on as an unseen priest at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammed during special prayers on the anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq’s death.