Jump - in the icy river for the cross figurative painting by natalyborissov
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“Jump” is my painting inspired by unique Christian custom (St. Jordan’s day) or jumping for the cross . It was exhibited in my exhibition devoted to male friendship called “Yuck, romantic !” Scroll down for a bit more info about the custom.

I used high quality oil paint to create this piece on stretched canvas.

About St. Jordan’s day:

For the Western church January 6 is the Epiphany holiday, a Christian feast commemorating the revelation of Jesus to humanity, specifically the visit of the Magi.

For Orthodox Christians this is the day when John the Baptist baptized God’s son Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River and the Holy Spirit came to him as a white dove.

The ritual:

The main ritual is performed by a priest who throws a cross into a river or a lake for young men to catch it. It is believed that the first person that gets to the cross will enjoy good health throughout the whole year.

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