Qasr El Yahud, Israel - State of
GROUP OF OTHODOX WOMEN BAPTISED IN JORDAN RIVER.
A group of Orthodox Christian women from Ukraine are baptised in the chilly waters of the Jordan River January 18 on the occassion of the Orthodox feast of Epiphany. Anne Maniuk (2nd from L), a 38-year-old teacher, comes up after submerging herself several times with friends, each of whom paid $1,500-a-head for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Tradition holds that Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist at this spot on the Jordan River. Some meters away is the bank of the river on the Jordanian side, behind.