Bulgarians celebrate Epiphany in an icy river

STORY: On Epiphany, it is traditional for Bulgarian Orthodox men to compete against one another to recover a crucifix thrown into a frozen lake or river.

However, in Kalofer it is the youngest participant who is allowed to retrieve the crucifix, receiving help from the others in a spirit of brotherhood and cooperation.

After the crucifix has been recovered the men put their arms around each other's shoulders and dance in a circle to music played on drums and bagpipes.

Attendees said taking part in the tradition brought about "big emotions". For Alexandar Dimitrov, participating is a matter of national pride.