As David and I had already walked all over before we arrived at the crowded park, and we had Snoopy with us, we didn’t stay a long time, and, therefore, didn’t see a lot of the activity. Thanks to my friend, Mia Swindoll, and her eye for a great photo, I can show you what she saw and we missed……. and a bit of what we did see while we were there.
There is a hole in the river ice here where strange, hardy folk take a dip. The hole in the ice was made at the end of January…another Russian holiday. There is a parade from the church, the priest dips a large cross into the water and everyone starts scooping up water into containers, because it is now sort of magical. Then people, mostly older people, start jumping in. You are expected to get in and dunk (and cross yourself) 3 times before you can get out. It’s supposed to be good for your health for the rest of the year.
Needless to say, it didn’t take him long to get back out after fulfilling his obligation.
Next year – I plan on being there for the whole afternoon. Monday and Tuesday were foggy, rainy and quite warm. Although it is cold today, I think the back of the winter has been broken.