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Nikolai Pastuchenko crosses himself as he takes a dip into the Dnipro River in Dnipro, Ukraine, on Thursday. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A tradition of plunging in an icy river persists in Ukraine, despite the war

For many in Ukraine, the tradition of plunging into an icy body of water on Epiphany, which marks the day of Jesus' baptism, serves as a reminder that the new year represents a fresh start.

Nikolai Pastuchenko crosses himself as he takes a dip into the Dnipro River in Dnipro, Ukraine, on Thursday. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A tradition of plunging in an icy river persists in Ukraine, despite the war

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